The Athletics brush off a hostile Pasig crowd to come from behind to win thanks to Jayson Grimaldo and Lester Alvarez.

Bob Guerrero on Aug 17, 2019 12:42 PM
MPBL: Batangas pulls off gutsy road win at Pasig
"Tuluy-tuloy ang magandang depensa namin, doon nakuha ang lamang." - Jayson Grimaldo

The Batangas City Athletics-Tanduay picked up perhaps their biggest road win of the Lakan Season when they came back to defeat the Pasig Sta. Lucia Realtors, 67-62, in the Pasig Sports Complex in Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League action on Friday night.

The visitors silenced a huge crowd in Fortress Pasig to break a two-game skid and up their slate to 4-3. The win is also redemption for the Athletics, who blew a huge lead to lose to the Rizal Golden Coolers - Xentro Malls on Tuesday.

"Tuluy-tuloy ang magandang depensa namin, doon nakuha ang lamang," explained Jayson Grimaldo, who scored a dozen points, half of them in the fourth quarter, for Rum City.

Pasig led 48-41 going into the fourth quarter and looked set for another big home win.

But Batangas unleashed a torrid 17-6 spurt led by Grimaldo and Arvin Tolentino to lead 58-54. The Athletics sealed the game with a pair of eye-catching offensive plays;  a Jason Melano spin move and layup and-1 for a 63-61 lead with under a minute to go, and a Lester Alvarez triple with 13 ticks left for the final 67-62 scoreline. All of Alvarez's points came in the second half.

Pasig shot a miserable 28 percent from the field while missing all eight of their fourth-quarter three-pointers after hitting 12 in the first three periods. Robbie Manalang had a rough night with only five points while Jeric Teng did score 19 but only two in the last period.

Pasig now sports a 6-3 slate.

In the early evening game Zamboanga Family's Brand Sardines outsteadied Parañaque Yabo Sports 74-65.

Reed Juntilla's 20 points coupled with 10 caroms won the day for the Chavacanos, who vault to 6-4.

Zamboanga led 57-50 going into the final quarter. Jayboy Solis scored six of his team-high 18 points in the last quarter and their defense put the clamps on Yabo Sports.

Parañaque never got closer than seven points. The game ended on a sour note for Zamboanga when Robin Roño was ejected for a second technical foul after an altercation with Parañaque star Jemal Vizcarra. A member of the Patriots staff was also removed from the court.

Vizcarra top-scored for the Patriots with 12 points. Parañaque was held to 40 percent from the field and missed 21 of 22 attempts from beyond the arc. The Patriots slip to 3-7.

In the afternoon match-up, Davao Occidental Tigers - Cocolife turned on the heat to quash Quezon City Capitals WEMSAP 90-82 to up their mark to 9-1.

Mark Yee led all Davao scorers with 15 points plus 14 rebounds, followed by a 10-point, 7-assist game by Billy Robles. DavOcc had seven different players with at least eight points overall.

They grabbed a 48-26 halftime lead over a shell-shocked QC team and never looked back. QC made things respectable with 36 fourth quarter points but by then the game was well and truly over by then.

Despite Clark Derige's 26 points the Capitals still suffer a loss that brings them to 5-5.

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