Bicol beats Batangas on the road, Raymundo dishes record 18 assists to lead Gensan to win

Bob Guerrero on Oct 23, 2019 09:29 AM
MPBL: Bicol stuns Batangas, Raymundo sets record
Gensan's Pamboy Raymundo set a new MPBL record with 18 assists in the Warriors' win over Quezon City.

The Bicol Volcanoes LCC Stores ended a six-game losing skid in style by upsetting the Batangas City Athletics Tanduay 76-71 in Tuesday night's main game of the Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League Lakan Season.

Alwyn Alday's 19-point night for the Volcanoes left the jam-packed crowd at the Batangas State University gym in shock as their Athletics lose for the first time in four games. Jason Melano led Batangas with 22 markers. 

"Sana ma-boost pa ang confidence namin sa coming games namin," said Alday about the big win that takes Bicol to 9-11 while Batangas falls to 12-6.

The visitors took a surprising 34-31 lead into the dressing room. Bicol played rugged defense in the first half, holding the Athletics to just 27 percent shooting.

Bicol began the third quarter strong and was in control when Chris Lalata uncorked a jam off a JR Ongteco dish for a 49-41 lead. Batangas responded with a 7-0 run thanks in part to Jason Melano. But at the end of the period Bicol, with 13 points from Alday in the quarter and a pair of Kent Lao threes, led 66-57.

The teams traded baskets early in the fourth but Rum City went ice cold in the end, failing to notch a single field goal in the last six minutes. New Athletic Ryusei Koga unwisely fouled Alday with the score at 74-71 with 20 seconds left. When Alday sank both charities, Bicol had the game wrapped up.

In the early evening matchup Pamboy Raymundo set a new MPBL record with 18 assists in one game as Gensan Warriors - Burlington rolled over the Quezon City Capitals - WEMSAP via a 124-103 scoreline. Raymundo also contributed 22 pts, hauled down 6 rebounds, had 2 steals and even blocked a shot in a magical 28-minute shift.

Gensan asserts their position as a South Division powerhouse with a 14-6 slate.

Gensan led 58-47 at the half but in the third a passel of Warriors, including Delmar Mahaling, Cris Masaglang, Jan Baltazar and Raymundo piled on the points to erect a daunting 94-74 lead entering the final period.

A 12-1 run by QC finished off by a Ryan Costelo layup trimmed the lead to 97-88 with six minutes left. QC would get to within nine on three more occasions but a late 11-0 surge by Gensan featuring six points from John Orbeta spelled WEMSAP's doom.

Robby Celiz did not dress for Gensan due to illness but others picked up the slack, especially Mahaling, whose 23 points led all scorers. The Capitals slide to 8-11. Clark Derige led QC with 21 points.

In the first game Navotas Uni-Pak relied on an otherworldly fourth quarter by Renz Gonzales to repulse Biñan City Laguna Luxxe White Krah 110-98 for a fifth win in 17 Lakan Season games.

Gonzales not only led all scorers with 28 points but he did most of the damage in the final minutes. Uni-Pak had controlled the game for most of the fourth period but Biñan's Denok Miranda's short stab completed a 7-1 Laguna run for 91-all with 2:39 left.

After Jhong Bondoc regained the lead for the Navotenos the Renz Gonzales Show began.

First a driving lay-up, then Gonzales won an unsportsmanlike foul off Miranda. The guard flipped in both free throws and drained a triple off the gratis possession for a rare five-point play for 98-91. Gonzales would hit another lay-up, another three-ball, and three free throws in the balance of the game.

The guard ended up firing in 15 points in the last 2:01 of the contest to send Biñan crashing to a fifth straight loss despite Allan Mangahas' 24 points. Luxxe White Krah now sports a 6-13 card.

Also starring for Navotas was Osama Abdurasad who chipped in 19 markers.

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