MPBL: New recruits drive Marikina to home win against Cagers

ABS-CBN Sports on Sep 25, 2019 09:59 AM
MPBL: New recruits drive Marikina to home win against Cagers
Newly-acquired Jojo Duncil put up 17 points in his debut with Marikina (Photo: Josh Albelda)

The Marikina Shoemasters played their first-ever Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League Lakan Season in the Marikina Sports Center on Tuesday night, and with the help of new faces, trounced the Muntinlupa Cagers - Angelis Resort 85-75.

Jojo Duncil poured in 17 points, while fellow newcomers Carlo De Chavez and Franz Dysam had 13 and 8 respectively. Elvis Tolentino's team wins two in a row as they start their foray out of the league cellar at 3-12. The Cagers losing streak is now extended to 8 as they slump to 3-13.

"Sinabi ni coach na ang problema ng team ay ang endgame, so shinare ko ang experience ko sa mga bata," said Duncil. The former UST Growling Tiger has returned to the MPBL after a 6-month hiatus. He previously suited up for Quezon City.

The Mariquenos led 49-43 at the half with Dysam and Yves Sazon connecting from three-point range as Duncil thrived inside.

In the third quarter Biboy Enguio, Dave Moralde and Reggie Boy Basibas led Munti closer to their hosts as the period ended with Marikina up 65-61.

In the fourth quarter Angelis Resort got as close as 70-64 on a Moralde free throw. But Duncil kept up the aggressiveness and when Sazon nailed a jumper to make the score 83-74 with under 2 minutes, the writing was on the wall for the Cagers, and Marikina ran out winners in front of a surprisingly large home crowd.

Jamil Ortuoste led Munti with 16 points while Sazon topscored for the Shoemasters with 21.


Pampanga 99 - 82 Imus

In the second game of the schedule the Pampanga Giant Lanterns ADG Group of Companies bounced back into the win column with a 99-82 victory against Imus Bandera Khaleb Shawarma.  

Pampanga's Mike Juico celebrated his birthday with a 20-point outing, tied for team-best with Mark Cruz.

The third period ended with ADG Group of Companies nursing a 63-61 lead. But a 9-3 run midway through the final quarter, (the 3 was a Gerald Anderson triple), gave Pampanga an 84-74 lead with 3 minutes to go.

Hopes of a resurgence from the Cavitenos were dashed when Cruz and Dexter Maiquez hit triples 

before and after a trey from Bandera gunner John Cantimbuhan.  The ensuing 92-79 gap was too big to handle for Imus with under 2 minutes to go and they ended up losing and sliding to 3-11. Jay-ar Ng Sang's 18 points was best for Imus. 

Pampanga gets their 10th win in 15 games.


Bacoor 90 - 80 Nueva Ecjia

In the opener the Bacoor Strikers downed Nueva Ecija 90-80. The Ecijanos are sporting a new team name, Nueva Ecija Rice Vanguards, but the change did not help their fortunes as they tumble to 2-12.

New Strikers signing Nick Demusis topped the scoring ledger for Bacoor with 15 points.

Bacoor did much of their best work in the third quarter with Demusis scoring the Strikers' last 6 points to take a 67-59 lead.

In the last segment Adrian Celada and Marlon Monte kept the Rice Vanguards within striking distance, but a pair of free throws from Chester Melencio with 2 minutes left gave Bacoor an 86-74 lead. 

Play was halted for a few minutes when Rice Vanguard Jeson Delfinado was stretched off the court with what was reported as a neck injury after a hard fall while charged in for a layup.  Bacoor subsequently  held on for the win that propels them to a 13-3 card.

Nueva Ecija were led by Jimbo Aquino's 13 points.

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