MPBL: San Juan and Davao Occidental prove elite status, Patriots roll against Rizal.
Bob Guerrero on Sep 14, 2019 07:51 AM
"Sumunod lang kami kay coach. Sabi nga nila, good defense comes with good offense." - Jemal Vizcarra
The Parañaque Patriots - Yabo Sports carved up Rizal Golden Coolers - Xentro Mall 101-70 in Friday night's main game of the Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League Lakan Season.
The Patriots fans in attendance at the Olivarez College Gym saw their side improve to 5-10 and keep their playoff hopes alive. It's the first 2-game win streak for Mike Saguiguit's team this season.
Jemal Vizcarra was the top points producer for Parañaque, with 20 points, 6 assists and 6 rebounds. "Sumunod lang kami kay coach. Sabi nga nila, good defense comes with good offense," said the former Growling Tiger.
It was Parañaque's defense that held Rizal to just 30 percent from the field while the home team shot 57 percent, including 45% from beyond the arc. Keith Pido keyed a strong second quarter for Yabo Sports, where they outscored the Golden Coolers 26-14 to lead 48-39 at the half.
The Patriots opened things up even more with a third quarter that saw Archie Sunga join the scoring along with James Abugan. With 10 minutes left, the home team were comfortably in front 74-56.
In the fourth Rizal went field-goal-less for 7 minutes, allowing Paranaque to complete the rout as their bench picked up some minutes.
Rizal slides to 3-9 despite a pair of 12-point outings from Lord Casajeros and Buenaventura Raflores.
In the first game the San Juan Knights - Go For Gold denied the Basilan Steel - Jumbo Plastic a major scalp by winning 89-86.
The champs displayed superior composure down the stretch to jack up their league-leading card to 12-1. San Juan showed their intent with a dazzling 12-2 run to open the third quarter and take a 56-45 lead.
John Wilson, who top scored with 26, was responsible for 7 of those points. Entering the fourth Go For Gold was on top 70-60.
Although San Juan got the lead up to 15 early in the fourth, a dogged Jumbo Plastic team simply refused to roll over. Gab Danganon started to get his rhythm from range while Hesed Gabo found points scything into the lane. The two gunners made back-to-back-triples to give Basilan a stunning 84-83 lead with under two minutes to go. But with 28 seconds left and down 88-86, Dagangon made a poor pass that was picked off by Jonard Clarito.
Moments later, down 89-86, it was Jett Vidal's turn to cough up the ball in the face of pressure from Wilson, and Basilan was done. San Juan out-stole Basilan 17-9. The Steel were led by Dagangon's 23 points and 9 rebounds as they drop to 8-5.
In the 6:00 pm tip-off between South Division powerhouses, Gensan Warriors Burlington failed in their bid to beat both of last season's finalists when they succumbed to the Davao Occidental Tigers - Cocolife 84-75.
Earlier in the season Richie Alvarez's team had dealt San Juan their only loss of the season but Burlington could not produce their giant-killing touch on Friday.
The Tigers opened up a 44-28 lead at the half. The third period was a shootout between the two sides with Bon Custodio and Billy Robles of Davao Occidental engaged in a tit-for-tat with Meylan Landicho and Robby Celiz. The quarter ended with Cocolife up 73-60.
In the final period, the Warriors never got closer than 8 points as Mark Yee and Custodio did just enough to secure the win and confirm Davao Occidental’s status as South Division top dog with a 11-2 card, ahead of the Warrior's 10-4 record.
Celiz led all scorers with 26 while Custodio was the most prolific Tiger with 18. Mark Yee hauled down 13 boards to lead his club.