MPBL: Derige is key as QC storm back from first-half deficit to pip Patriots.

Bob Guerrero on Oct 10, 2019 09:26 AM
MPBL: Versatile Derige leads QC to road win vs Parañaque
"Sobrang gutom na kaming manalo." - Clark Derige (#11)

Big plays by Clark Derige on both ends of the court spurred the Quezon City Capitals - WEMSAP to a stirring 85-83 win over the Paranaque Patriots - Yabo Sports in Wednesday night's games of the Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League Lakan Season.

A pair of fourth quarter triples and a last-second block were the highlights of Derige's 13-point, 4-rebound, and 3 assist evening that earned him the best player of the game award.

"Sobrang gutom na kaming manalo," said the sweet-shooting forward afterwards as his team bucked a hostile crowd at the Olivarez College gym in Paranaque to end a 3-game losing slide and go to 7-10 in the North Division standings. Yabo Sports stumbles to 6-11.

The win is all the more sweet for the Capitals since they did it without Aaron Black, who has decamped to Zamboanga, and Tonino Gonzaga, who has transferred to Nueva Ecija.

The game started will for the Paranaquenos, who built a 50-37 halftime lead on the strength of Jemal Vizcarra's offense. Vizcarra's total 20 points led all scorers.

But the Caps showed their intent with a 12-2 run to begin the third period featuring output from Peejay Barua and Dahrrel Caranguian, whose 16 points led his team.

By the end of the third, the Patriot lead was down to just 3, 68-65.

The final segment was hotly contested but with under 7 minutes to go back-to-back three-bombs by Derige put QC on top, 73-70. The teams traded blows, and with 39 ticks left Patriot Jayboy Solis coaxed in a jumper that leveled the score at 83-all.

Twenty-two seconds later Caranguian put QC back in the lead with a short baseline jumper of a Mon Mabayo dish. In the madcap last possession Paranaque's Keith Pido recovered the ball off his own miss, only to have the follow-up swatted away by Derige with .8 seconds remaining. A final three-point attempt by Solis failed and QC had their handsome road win.

In the second game of the day the Basilan Steel Jumbo Plastic - Phenom banked on a strong first-half output to waylay the Caloocan Supremos - Victory Liner, 82-70.

Gab Dagangon's 17 points were tops for the Mindanao side, who surge to 10-8 in the South Division standings, very much in the playoff race.

Meanwhile Caloocan sees a two-game win streak end as they go to 9-8.

In the second quarter balanced scoring from Basilan in the person of Hesed Gabo, Tonton Bringas, and Jett Vidal among others resulted in a 46-33 halftime lead. Vidal nailed a pair of triples to close out the third quarter with Jumbo Plastic - Phenom comfortably up 66-54.

In the fourth Irven Palencia and AJ Mandani chipped in the offense for Caloocan but when Vidal eased in a floater for a 78-62 lead with under four minutes to go, Basilan were assured of victory.

Vidal was excellent with 12 points to his name while Mandani led all scorers with 25 for the Supremos, who were unable to produce another player in double-digits.

In an entertaining opening game the Gensan Warriors - Burlington escaped with a 70-69 victory over the Rizal Xentro Malls Golden Coolers.

Robby Celiz led the Warriors with 19 points but it was Jeramar Cabanag who was the late hero, easing in the winning free throw with one second left in the game.

Cabanag's jumper with 66 seconds left gave Gensan a two-possession buffer at 69-65. But Jayvee Vidal's floater and a layup from Lord Casajeros with 7 seconds to go squared the game for the Golden Coolers.

In the ensuing play Cabanag was fouled by Rexander Leynes just before the buzzer, a call that was hotly contested by the Rizal camp. Cabanag canned the first free throw then missed the second, perhaps intentionally, to close out the game.

Gensan goes to 12-5 while Rizal, despite a 16/10 game from Mark Benitez, lose a third consecutive game and fall to 3-10.

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