MPBL: Marikina battles hard at home but succumbs to a loaded Zamboanga team
Bob Guerrero on Oct 25, 2019 08:50 AM
A 12-0 4th quarter run by Zamboanga breaks the resistance from the underdog Marikina team (FILE PHOTO).
Zamboanga Family's Brand Sardines showed their endgame mettle in disposing of a gallant Marikina Shoemasters team 74-62 in Thursday night's main game of the Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League Lakan Season.
The Mariqueños had the support of the crowd in the Marikina Sports Center but could not handle the visitors' firepower, led by Dennice Villamor's 17 points.
Zamboanga improves to 12-8 while the Shoemasters slump to 3-14.
Marikina matched Zamboanga stride-for-stride throughout the first half and with 11 points in the second period from Daryl Pascual, led 41-35 at the half.
In the third period Family's Brand clamped down on defense and closed out the quarter tied with Marikina at 52-all.
Marikina's Jojo Duncil provided his team a 54-52 lead to begin the last period but then Zamboanga got to work. Villamor and Leonard Santillan nailed three-pointers in a huge 12-0 run that put Marikina in a 10-point hole, 64-54 with six minutes to play.
Marikina homegrown Ronald Roy fired in a triple to get the Shoemasters to within 5, 66-61 with three minutes left, but the visitors turned on the jets again, with Aaron Black, Villamor, and Hans Thiele all scoring to put away the pesky Shoemasters for good.
Alvin Pasaol was a big contributor for Zamboanga with 15 points. Duncil led Marikina with 16 points followed by Pascual's 15.
In the second game on Thursday's sked, Makati Super Crunch outdueled the Iloilo United Royals down the stretch to win 78-71.
Makati's Juneric Baloria led his team with 15 points as Super Crunch keeps the pressure on the top two teams with a 15-3 slate.
Five straight points by United's Rey Publico pulled the Ilonggos to within one, 65-64 midway through the final quarter. But a 9-0 blast capped by a Cedric Ablaza triple gave Makati a 74-64 lead with three minutes left that broke the Ilonggos resistance for good.
Iloilo drops to 9-7 despite 15 points apiece from Publico and Donald Gumaru.
The Thursday sked began with the Pampanga Giant Lanterns - ADG Group of Companies defeating the Caloocan Supremos Victory Liner 76-70 thanks to a strong fourth quarter.
The Kapampangans led 40-33 at the half but in the third John Ambulodto, AJ Mandani and Thomas Torres hit the target to pull the Monumento Boys ahead, 56-55 going into the final ten minutes.
Midway through the quarter Travis Thompson canned a triple that ignited a 7-0 Pampanga run for a 71-65 lead with a minute left. Another Thompson bucket for 74-67 proved to be the dagger with 40 seconds left. Thompson had the key buckets but Dexter Maiquez topscored for ADG Group of Companies with 15.
Pampanga goes to 12-7 while Caloocan slides to 11-9 despite Damien Lasco pouring in 19 points to lead all scorers.
The league takes a break on Friday and returns on Saturday, October 26 with a doubleheader in Davao.