Shaq Taganas and Jovit Dela Cruz star as Bulacan extend their win streak at the expense of Muntinlupa.

Bob Guerrero on Sep 17, 2019 09:26 AM
 MPBL: Bulacan smothers Muntinlupa for 4th straight win
"Siguro ang difference is lagi kami (he and Kerwin McCoy) nag-cocommunicate, at sinasabihan ako na ako ang veteran sa team." - Shaq Taganas (FILE PHOTO, Richard Esguerra / ABS-CBN Sports)

The Bulacan Kuyas sent the Muntinlupa Cagers - Angelis Resort crashing to a seventh straight loss by coming on top 77-62 in Monday evening's featured game of the Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League Lakan Season.

The crowd at the Bulacan Capitol Gymnasium witnessed the Kuyas win a fourth game on the trot to go to 9-5 and spoil the debut of new Muntinlupa coach Bonnie Garcia. Bulacan's four consecutive wins represent a perfect start for coach Kerwin McCoy's career helming the Kuyas. When asked about how the Kuyas are responding to McCoy, player of the game Shaq Taganas said "siguro ang difference is lagi kami nag-cocommunicate, at sinasabihan ako na ako ang veteran sa team."

Taganas scored 10 points, hitting all three of his attempts from beyond the arc. Bulacan took a 42- 24 lead into the dressing room with the Cagers shooting a ghastly 8 for 38 from the field for just 21. Angelis Resort showed a pulse in the third quarter with Ryusei Koga sinking free throws to pull to within 11, 51-40. But Bulacan's portly forward Shaq Taganas delighted the crowd with a pair of top-of-the-key triples and at the end of the third the Bulakenos were ahead 59-43.

Muntinlupa was able to gather some momentum to cobble together a 12-1 run off good work from Reggieboy Basibas and Edzel Mag-isa to slash the lead to 65-57 with three minutes left. But a Jovit dela Cruz basket keyed a mini-run of 5 straight Bulacan points to quell the insurrection. Another late Taganas three-bomb was the exclamation point for the men in pink.

De la cruz was Bulacan's top offensive performer with 15 points while the Cagers' best scorer was Fil-Indonesian Biboy Enguio with 18.

 

Caloocan Supremos 92 - 90 Nueva Ecija

In the afternoon game a Caloocan Supremos Victory Liner team missing Almond Vosotros weathered a furious comeback to edge Nueva Ecija ForestLake 92-90.

Vosotros, one of the Supremos' stars, appears to have an uncertain future with the team and was not present.

Caloocan sprinted ahead with a dominant second quarter where they finished up 47-31 at the half. Jeson Delfinado capped a stirring third quarter by the Ecijanos with a spin move to cut the lead to 64-55 with 40 seconds left in the period. But a Paul Sanga triple brought the lead back to 67-55 at the third quarter buzzer.

In the fourth quarter Caloocan saw ForestLake grow bigger and bigger in their rearview mirror as Marlon Monte, Levi Dela Cruz and Adrian Celada poured in the points. Celada provided three triples in the period none bigger than one with 2 minutes left that knotted the game up at 83-83.

A 7-0 run gave the Busmen a 92-85 lead with under a minute to go thanks to a John Escalambre basket. But a dela Cruz three-bomb and Monte conversion off a steal put the Central Luzon side within 2, 92-90. Escalambre missed two free throws throwing Nueva Ecija a lifeline and in the ensuing play Sanga fouled Delfinado with 2 seconds left, gifting ForestLake two must-make charities. But Delfinado missed the first attempt and was forced to intentionally miss the second. ForestLake couldn't score and Caloocan escaped with the triumph.

Sanga was magnificent for Caloocan, finishing with 24 points and 6 rebounds. The former FEU big man nailed 6 three-pointers as his team goes to 8-7. Nueva Ecija, on the other hand, falls to 2-11 despute 17 points from John Paul Sarao.

 

Bacoor Strikers 111 - 79 Quezon City Capitals

In the middle game the Bacoor Strikers put the hurt on the Quezon City Capitals - WEMSAP via a 111-79 score to advance to 12-3 in the standings.

In a high-scoring first half the Strikers led 59-44 with Mark Montuano running roughshod over the QC defense for 17 points. Bacoor put up a clinic of team basketball with 23 first-half assists.

In the third quarter the Bacoorenos continued turning the screws and a 9-0 run capped by a stunning Matt Aquino coast-to-coast three-point play upped their lead to 80-58. At the end of the segment the Strikers led 88-63.

There was little let up in the final quarter as the Cavitenos strolled to victory to doom WEMSAP to 6-8. An RJ Ramirez alley-oop jam was one of the late highlights of the fourth quarter for Bacoor. Earning the player of the game award was Mark Montuano with 21 points and 8 rebounds.

He was one of five Strikers in double figures. Ramon Mabayo's 20 points, 13 rebounds and 4 assists was team-high in all categories for QC.

 

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