MPBL: San Juan downs Muntinlupa in front of their home fans

Bob Guerrero on Oct 22, 2019 08:43 AM
MPBL: Ubalde, Cardona impress as San Juan Bulldozes Munti
Joseph Ubalde was San Juan's unheralded homegrown star with 11 points (FILE PHOTO).

Defending champs San Juan Knights - Go For Gold buckled down in the second half to brush away the Muntinlupa Cagers - Angelis Resort, 91-63, in Monday night's main game of the Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League Lakan Season.

The partisan crowd at the Filoil Flying V Arena in San Juan went home delighted again as their team surges to 17-2 in the standings while Angelis Resorts is mired at the bottom of the table at 4-15.

Mac Cardona led the Knights with 19 points, but it was native San Juaneno Joseph Ubalde who picked up best player of the game honors with an 11-point outing.

The Cagers were very competitive early on, unspooling a 10-2 run off production from Edzel Mag-isa and Jamil Ortuoste that led a 17-15 lead for San Juan after ten minutes.

Ortuoste and Paolo Rebugio were on song in the second but San Juan took a 38-35 lead at the half. The quarter ended with San Juan's Larry Rodrigiuez's stunning catch and shoot with a second left.

But San Juan got down to business in the third, sprinting out the gates with a 9-0 run spiked by a John Wilson triple. A nine-point barrage by Mike Ayonayon helped bulge the Go For Gold lead to 64-45 at the end of the third.

Munti could get only as close as 16 before San Juan's stifling defense put the game out of reach.

Ortuoste scored 16 to lead the visitors.

In the second game Bataan Risers - Camaya Coast were never threatened in their game against Paranaque Patriots - Yabo Sports, running out 75-56 winners.

Reed Juntilla was Camaya Coast's best scorer with 17 points while Alfred Batino and Jose Mari Presbitero were good for 11 points each. Vizcarra topscored for Paranaque with just 12 points. 

The Risers scored the first 16 points of the game and lead 27-12 after the first 10 minutes. The lead had ballooned to 45-26 at the half.

A Vinny Begaso free throw brought Paranaque to within 14, 50-36 in the third but a pair of Juntilla triples helped Bataan make it a 61-41 lead at the end of the third, effectively closing out the game.

Yabo Sports shot a pitiful 23 percent from the field, including just two of ten from the free throw line.

Bataan continues their good form and improves their mark to 11-8 while Yabo Sports' playoff sports are in some bother at 7-13.

In the afternoon game Imus Bandera Khaleb Shawarma capitalized on a mind-numbing endgame blunder by the Rizal Xentro Mall Golden Coolers to steal a 79-77 OT win.

With the game tied at 77 and with Imus in possession after an offensive rebound, Francis Munsayac of the Bandera was angling to take a last shot before time expired. To the shock of everyone in attendance, Rizal's Rexander Leynes fouled him with 3 seconds left near the 3 point line. Munsayac gratefully accepted the gift by sinking both free throws for 79-77.

It appears that the Golden Coolers coaching staff had mistakenly called for the foul, perhaps thinking they were trailing. Golden Coolers coach JV Gayoso was not on the sidelines after being thrown out of the game in regulation.

Rizal could not get a shot off with the remaining three seconds and thus tumble to a fifth straight loss.

The Coolers sent the game into the extension when Jordan Rios exploited a piece of poor defending to convert an uncontested lay-up in the end of regulation.

In the overtime period, Imus recruit Justine Arana, who was having a great debut for the Bandera, was ejected for a rash forearm on Leynes' face.

But in the end it was Rizal with the biggest error of the game as they slump to 3-13 despite Mark Benitez's 17-point effort. Imus improves to 4-13 with Jeric Nacpil featuring as their leading scorer with 15 markers.

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