MPBL: Marilao helps spur Caloocan to upset win over Manila

Bob Guerrero on Oct 16, 2019 10:14 AM
 MPBL: Marilao drives Caloocan to stunning upset of Manila
"(Nakuha ko ang confidence ko) sa mga teammates ko na kahit pangit laro ko, sinasabi sa akin na 'go hard lang' lagi." - Danny Marilao (file photo)

The Caloocan Supremos - Victory Liner conjured up one of the biggest surprises of the Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League Lakan Season with a 72-65 home victory over the Manila Stars Frontrow on Tuesday night.

Unheralded forward Danny Marilao was the hero for coach John Kallos' side with a 14-point, 8-rebound performance in front of scores of enthusiastic Supremo fans at the Caloocan Sports Complex. All of Marilao's points came in the second half.

"(Nakuha ko ang confidence ko) sa mga teammates ko na kahit pangit laro ko, sinasabi sa akin na 'go hard lang' lagi," said Marilao after the game.

The win in the battle for bragging rights over North Cemetery nudges the Supremos to 11-8 and higher up the totem pole in the North Division.

Manila, on the other hand, see a four-game win streak end as they go to 13-3 and lose ground against league-leading San Juan. Manila played without several main cogs, namely Chris Bitoon, Marvin Hayes, and Gabby Espinas.

Caloocan took a 28-25 lead at halftime after an attritional first 20 minutes. Several Stars pitched in for Manila's 23-point quarter that gave them a 48-44 lead heading into the last period.

But there was one bad development for Manila: center Aris Dionisio picking up a fourth foul with four minutes left in the quarter, limiting his minutes.

The final segment saw Victory Liner burst out of the gates with a 15-0 run ignited by an AJ Mandani triple and featuring baskets from Marilao and Rene Pacquiao. Damien Lasco's bucket meant Caloocan led 68-58 with two minutes remaining. Dionisio's late three and Mark Dyke's putback were insufficient endgame resistance for Manila, and Caloocan had their upset.

Pacquiao's 13 points was second-best for Caloocan, who found much joy in the paint and didn't need to hit from the outside, making only three all game long. Manila were led by Dionisio's 15 points.

The day began with the San Juan Knights - Go For Gold holding back Valenzuela Classic - SPV Top Marketplace, 78-68.

John Wilson, as usual, led all scorers w ith 20 points as the champs increase their lead atop the standings at 16-2.

Wilson began the game by uncharacteristically missing his first seven attempts as San Juan led 35-28 at the half, with Paolo Hubalde quietly efficient for the Classic.

But in the third quarter Wilson ignited with 11 points as the Knights scored 28 all in all to grab a 63-48 lead heading into the final segment.

Val Acuna led a 7-0 run that pulled SPV Top Marketplace to with 10, 67-57. Acuna also raised eyebrows when he delivered a cheeky spinning skip-pass around a San Juan defender to an unmarked Ford Ruaya under the basket. Ruaya converted to keep the Classic within 12, 72-60 with four minutes to go.

But a steal from Wilson off a poor pass by Vergian Pagcaliwangan gave the San Juaneños a 78-66 cushion with a minute and a half left, essentially slamming the door shut on Valenzuela.

Hubalde led Valenzuela in scoring with 14 points but was largely a non-factor in the second half as SPV Top Marketplace skids to 7-12.

In the early evening encounter the Parañaque Patriots Yabo Sports came from behind to defeat Biñan City Luxxe White Krah 73-70.

Yabo Sports took a 40-34 lead into the dressing room with Popoy Banzali playing inspired and accounting for nine of Parañaque's points.

Luxxe White Krah lowered the boom in the third, unleashing a 17-4 run to begin the period on scoring from Macky Acosta and the Mangahas brothers. Later on in the period Tata Bautista chipped in with back-to-back triples as Biñan totaled 30 points in those ten minutes for a 64-57 lead going into the fourth.

But Biñan lost their rhythm in the final quarter, not making a field goal until Kyle Neypes' bucket with two and a half minutes remaining gave them a slender 70-69 lead.

Patriot Jayboy Solis made a pair of free throws to regain the lead with a minute and a half left. Moments later Solis pilfered a loose pass from Bautista and offloaded to a streaking Banzali who converted for 73-70. Banzali's 15 points was tops for Parañaque.

Luxxe White Krah had one last possession to send the game into overtime but Macky Acosta, Bautista, and Neypes were all off-target from beyond the arc.

Allan Mangahas paced Binan with 17 points in a losing effort as the Laguneños fall to 6-12. Yabo Sports strengthens their playoff hopes with a win that puts them at 7-12.

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