The Voyagers extend their streak while Bulacan prevails in a wild double OT game against Navotas.
Bob Guerrero on Sep 11, 2019 09:41 AM
Axel Inigo and the rest of the Pasay Voyagers stretch their win streak to six and are now at 9-6, solo sixth place in the North Division (photo by Richard Esguerra).
The Pasay Voyagers overwhelmed the Paranaque Patriots - Yabo Sports 79-60 while the Bulacan Kuyas survived the Navotas Uni-Pak Sardines 105-104 in an unforgettable double overtime classic in Tuesday action of the Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League Lakan Season.
The Voyagers fans in attendance at the Cuneta Astrodome witnessed a career day from unheralded Elmar Moradas, who amassed 17 points and 5 rebounds to lead his team. His average for the season is just 3.5 points a game.
"Ginagawa ko lang ang pinapagawa sa akin ng coach," explained the former Pampanga Giant Lantern.
The halftime score was 35-28 in favor of the hosts, but in the third quarter Marlon Martin's team began to turn the screws, with Dhon Reverente scoring eight of his 15 points to bring Pasay to 51-42 at the start of the fourth period.
Pasay scorched the overburdened Yabo Sports defense in the fourth with a 28-point barrage to put the win beyond doubt. There were four Pasay triples in the final segment, two from Axel Inigo.
The Voyagers stretch their win streak to six and are now at 9-6, solo sixth place in the North Division while the Patriots slip to 4-10 and need a change in fortunes to contend for a playoff berth.
In the opening match-up of the tripleheader, the Bulacan Kuyas and Navotas Uni-Pak Sardines gave the fans perhaps the most exciting game of the season.
Bulacan emerged on top after 50 minutes of basketball, 105-104 to claim bragging rights across the Muzon River.
John Rey Alabanza was the hero in the end, winning the game from the line. Dan Sara topscored for the Bulakenos with 20 points, including six three-pointers from nine attempts.
Uni-Pak, on the other hand, saw Jhong Bondoc's record-breaking 37-point night go to naught. His output breaks the Lakan Season single game record of Caloocan's Almond Vosotros, who scored 35 against Paranaque three weeks ago, albeit without the aid of overtime. Bondoc was unconscious in the fourth quarter, with an incredible haul of 19 points, including two late free throws that gave Navotas an 82-79 lead with 14 seconds left. That was enough time for Sara to peel off a JR Taganas screen and nail a long triple to send the game into overtime.
Kojak Melegrito stepped up in OT with 6 points including an and-1 with a minute to go to knot the game at 93. Bulacan had opportunities to win but both Stephen Siruma and John Rey Alabanza turned over the ball, leading to a second extension.
Melegrito went to the line six times in the end of the second overtime but only made two of those attempts, including the last for a 104-103 lead. Two plays later and with time winding down Bondoc committed a loose ball foul, shoving Alabanza on a Bulacan inbound. Alabanza proved his mettle by sinking both charities to win the game for the Kuyas with no time on the clock.
The Central Luzon outfit go to 8-5 with a third straight win while Navotas slides to 3-8.
In the early evening game Makati Super Crunch advanced to 10-2 with a 85-70 win over the Marikina Shoemasters, who are now at 1-12 in the North Division cellar.
Super Crunch were led by a 23-point night by Cedric Ablaza. The Mariquenos shocked Makati with a huge first quarter to take a 24-17 lead. But Makati roared back in the next ten minutes with production from Ablaza and Jeckster Apinan to go into the dressing room up 43-38. The Shoemasters matched Makati stride-for-stride in the third period but in the fourth Cholo Villanueva's team found an extra gear, with an early 12-2 run that doomed their opponents to another loss.
Marikina can console themselves with another solid night from Yves Sazon, who chipped in a team-high 16 points.