MPBL: Reverente helps Pasay spoil Iloilo's home debut

Bob Guerrero on Sep 20, 2019 08:48 AM
MPBL: Reverente helps Pasay spoil Iloilo's home debut
"Nag-usap-usap kami na mag communicate tayo on defense para higpitan lalo, at sundin ang sinasabi ni coach." - Dhon Reverente (FILE PHOTO)

It wasn't pretty but the visiting Pasay Voyagers will take the win on the road.

On Thursday night Marlon Martin's charges denied the Iloilo United Royals a victorious home debut with a 56-52 triumph in the Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League Lakan Season.

It was Iloilo's first game at the University of San Agustin gym in Iloilo City, and it showed, as they shot only 33 percent from the field. Pasay were actually worse, at 32 percent.

Voyager Dhon Reverente, despite an uncharacteristically high total of 9 turnovers, nonetheless won best player of the game with 8 points, 12 rebounds, and 2 assists. "Nag-usap-usap kami na mag communicate tayo on defense para higpitan lalo, at sundin ang sinasabi ni coach," said the enlisted Navy man.

Pasay ended the first half with a 9-1 run to lead 30-27 going into the dressing room. In the third period they picked up right where they left off, with Axel Inigo and Raymund Ilagan spurring the Voyagers to 9 unanswered points to start the second half for a 39-27 lead. To add insult to injury, Richard Escoto picked up a third foul with 7 points still to go in the quarter.

Pasay had a 46-32 lead until the home side stormed back with a 9-0 run of their own capped by a Ryan Arambulo steal and finish for 46-41. The quarter ended with Pasay up 48-41. The fourth period saw the home team unleashing a 9-1 run punctuated by a Donald Gumaru layup to pull to within 1, 51-50. But Pasay responded with a trey from Elvin Chan to give them a four-point cushion with three minutes left.

The endgame was very sloppy, with Iloilo turning over the ball three times and Pasay seeing Chan ejected for committing an unsportsmanlike foul.

Two late Achie Inigo charities sealed the win for the Voyagers, who climb to 10-5 with a seventh consecutive win. Iloilo drop to 8-6, and can blame an abysmal 12 percent clip from beyond the arc, 3 from 24 attempts.

Ryan Arambulo was stellar on both offense and defense for the Royals, as he led his team with 12 points. Elmar Moradas and Inigo each scored 12 points to lead Pasay in scoring.


Valenzuela Classic 67 - 59 Mindoro Tamaraws

In the appetizer for the main game Valenzuela Classic SPV Top Marketplace emerged 67-59 winners over the Mindoro Tamaraws in an attritional contest.

Jaymar Gimpayan picked up the best player of the game award with 13 points and as many rebounds.

The Tamaraws had a very slow start and trailed 28-16 in the half. SPV Top Marketplace made their move in the third quarter with a 31-point total featuring 7 points from Jaycee Asuncion and triples from Erwin Sta. Maria and Jayson Varilla.

With ten minutes to go the Classic were up 59-39. In the final period Rodel Vaygan finally started to produce for Mindoro and after a 14-3 run the Tams were within 9, 62-53. But a Jeric Diego reverse off a Paolo Hubalde pass gave Valenzuela a 65-54 advantage with under two minutes to go, pretty much assuring the win.

Valenzuela improve to 6-10 and were without coach Gerry Esplana, who stayed in Manila to recuperate from eye surgery.

Assistant Jojo Villapando manned the sidelines in his stead. Hubalde had a sterling all-around game with 12 points, 8 rebounds, and 8 dimes. Mindoro were led by Luigi Natada's 12 points as they slip to 6-9. Mindoro shot only 32 percent from the field and missed 19 of their 21 3-point attempts.

The league takes a break on Friday and returns with a doubleheader on Saturday in Bacolod.

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