MPBL: Inspired Gensan hands San Juan first loss of season
Bob Guerrero on Aug 24, 2019 09:18 AM
Robby Celiz and the rest of the Gensan Warriors - Burlington dealt the San Juan Knights - Go For Gold their first defeat of the season.
Gensan Warriors - Burlington shattered San Juan Knights - Go For Gold's air of invincibility by defeating the champs 97-91 in Friday night's second game of the Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League Lakan Season.
The crowd at the Muntinlupa Sports Complex saw the San Juaneños lose for the first time since the finals of the Datu Cup to drop to 10-1, while Gensan goes to 9-2.
Warrior Robby Celiz was a tower of power for his team, scoring 27 points and hauling down 8 rebounds off the bench. The forward went into the zone in the third quarter with 13 points, including an alley-oop conversion as Gensan produced a 34-point barrage in that segment to lead 70-65 at the start of the fourth.
A Mike Williams fadeaway with four minutes to go put the Warriors in front 88-76, but a proud San Juan squad would not lay down. Triples from John Wilson and Mike Ayonayon keyed a breathtaking 12-0 run that squared the match at 88-88 with 2:40 left.
However, the Warriors responded with a triple from Pamboy Raymundo and a pair of free throws from Celiz to re-establish their lead.
Then with 42 ticks left Celiz put the icing on the cake with an artful fadeaway for a 95-89 lead that locked down the W.
Wilson was masterful with 29 points in the loss but his side simply couldn't come up with enough stops.
In the featured match,the Bicol Volcanoes LCC Malls showed grit and character in defeating Muntinlupa Cagers Angelis Resort 90-87 in front of a loud Muntinlupeño crowd.
It was an entertaining affair right down to the last plays, with Bicol skipper Ronjay Buenafe claiming player of the game honors with 14 points, 9 assists and 9 rebounds.
Dave Moralde debuted as the Cagers' playing coach, but he was unable to get a victory. Moralde's team was hampered by the loss of three big men in quick succession.
In the third quarter RR De Leon was tossed for a second unsportsmanlike foul in an altercation with Jonas Guerrero. The Volcano was also kicked out of the playing area for picking up an unsportsmanlike along with an earlier technical.
Nevertheless, Munti led 72-65 at the start of the fourth. But soon after Edzel Mag-isa was called for a fifth foul and four minutes later Jed Salaveria also graduated.
Moralde had to go deep into his depth chart and dust off center Mark Guillen, who chipped in 5 points.
Without a strong inside presence from the Cagers, Bicol grabbed a 79-75 lead on a Jerome Garcia bucket with 4 minutes to go. Moralde channeled his inner Bobby Jaworski and inserted himself into the game, delivering 5 points in a 7-0 run.
But Bicol fought back, and a stylish Garcia turnaround jumper gave the visitors an 88-85 advantage with 31 seconds left. A Biboy Enguio putback cut the lead to one but the Fil-Indonesian muffed an easy undergoal stab and a late three as Bicol salted away the game from the line.
John Ortuoste led Munti with 19 points, one more than Enguio. Garcia matched Buenafe's 14 point contribution.
Bicol advances to 7-5 while Muntinlupa slumps to 3-9.
In the first game of the tripleheader the Mindoro Tamaraws uncorked a 31-point fourth quarter to deny the SOCCSKSARGEN Marlins Armor On a first win.
The Southern Tagalog side led 88-82 with a minute and a half to go when the Marlins mounted a late 5-0 run capped by a Spencer Eman basket to pull to 88-87 with 28 seconds remaining.
But Mac Baracael hit a pair of clutch free throws to give the Tams a cushion, then on the next play picked off a loose cross-court pass by Matt Bernabe. Baracael was fouled and a split from the line completed the scoring.
Baracael scored 16 and amassed 15 boards but the biggest offensive provider for Mindoro was Francis Camacho, who had a huge 32-point night. Raniel Diwa's 20 points was tops for the Marlins. Mindoro go to 4-7 while SOCCSKSARGEN stay rooted at the bottom of the South Division at 0-9.