MPBL: Alvarez stars as Batangas drubs SOCCSKSARGEN at home

Bob Guerrero on Sep 13, 2019 07:51 AM
MPBL: Alvarez stars as Batangas drubs SOCCSKSARGEN at home
"Sinabi ni coach na mahina man o malakas ang kalaban, dapat pareho ang system at energy namin sa court." - Lester Alvarez (File photo courtesy of the MPBL)

The Batangas City Athletics - Tanduay obliterated a listless SOCCSKSARGEN Marlins Armor On team 76-54 on Wednesday night to delight their home fans in Thursday night's match day of the Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League Lakan Season.

Lester Alvarez claimed player of the game honors with a 21-point, 6-assist night in front of an enthusiastic crowd at the Batangas City Coliseum.

"Sinabi ni coach na mahina man o malakas ang kalaban, dapat pareho ang system at energy namin sa court," said the former Adamson Falcon after the game.

Rum City surges to 7-4 in the standings while the hapless Marlins are still waiting for their first victory in franchise history after 13 tries and seem superglued to the bottom of the South Division table.

The Marlins were woeful in the first two quarters, producing just nine points in the first quarter and just six in the second, to trail Tanduay 31-15 at the break.

Adrian Santos, Jayson Grimaldo, and Genmar Bragais figured in a 22-point third period for the Athletics, as they stretched their advantage to 53-35 heading into the fourth.

The Mindanao team could only trade baskets in the fourth quarter as both coaches gave minutes to bench players. One of them was Athletic Nickie Perez, who poured in 10 points to finish the game.

In the second match up of the day the Biñan City Laguna Krah Heroes downed the Mindoro Tamaraws 95-82. Krah unleashed a 28-point third quarter that turned a close game into a decisive win for the Laguneños.

Macky Acosta, James Mangahas, Tata Bautista, and Mike Parala all combined for a devastating 13-0 run to begin the third that gave Biñan a 62-49-lead. When Mark Maloles converted an alley-oop to conclude the third quarter, the Heroes were up 77-62 entering the fourth. Maloles added a lay-up and a triple to start the fourth and give Biñan a 20-point lead they would never relinquish.

Laguna moves closer to the playoff zone with a 6-8 card while the Tams are now back at .500 with a 7-7 slate.

Kyle Neypes led Biñan with 18 points with Acosta close behind on 16. Six Krah players hit double figures as the team made 53 percent of their field goals. Mac Baracael's 24 points and Rodel Vaygan's 21 markers was not enough to save Mindoro.

In the day's opener Bacolod Master Sardines topped Imus Bandera Khaleb Shawarma GLC Trucks and Equipment, 68-59. The Bacolodnons where up 33-20 at the half when the Bandera woke up in the third quarter thanks to production by John Cantimbuhan, Jayjay Helterbrand and Gerald Anderson. By the start of the 4th Imus had trimmed the lead to 44-42.

But in the final period Mac Tallo proved why he is one of the league's best scorers with 11 of his game-high 25 points including three treys to lead his team to victory. Helterbrand led the Cavite team with 13 points but Anderson was second at 12 points, more than four points more than his season average per game.

Bacolod is now at 5-8 in the South Division while Imus absorbs a third straight setback to go to 3-9.

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