Mark Doligon comes through for Mindoro as they outduel Pasig

Bob Guerrero on Oct 30, 2019 09:24 AM
 MPBL: Mindoro hangs on to edge Pasig
"Si Coach Justin, teammate ko before. Ngayon sabi niya sa akin, pakita mo ang laro mo." - Mark Doligon

The trend of home teams losing in the Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League Lakan Season continued on Tuesday when the Pasig Sta. Lucia Realtors dropped a tight 76-75 decision to the visiting Mindoro Tamaraws.

The Tams denied a home win to the large crowd of Realtors fans in the Pasig Sports Center thanks to 18 points from Rodel Vaygan and 13 from Mark Doligon, who was awarded best player of the game.

Afterwards Doligon spoke of how his coach Justin Tan gave him the confidence to perform.

"Si Justin, teammate ko before. Ngayon sabi niya sa akin, pakita mo ang laro mo," said the former Arellano Chief.

Mindoro held the upper hand at 40-32 at the half. Vaygan was prolific early on with 11 points in the first quarter.

Mindoro's Doligon and Kevin Cinco dueled with Jeric Teng and Richard Velchez in the third as the Tamaraws took a 58-51 lead into the final segment.

A lay-up by Nico Bolos with four minutes left in the period meant Mindoro looked the favorite up 72-60. But a Teng triple followed by a Josan Nimes layup and another Teng layup pulled Sta. Lucia to withing one, 76-75.

After a Sandy Cenal miss Pasig had one more chance to win the game with seconds left but could not score.

Mindoro climbs to 8-12 while Pasig stumbles to 12-6 despite 21 points from Teng and 19 from Nimes.

In the opener of the day's doubleheader the Bicol Volcanoes LCC Stores sprung a mild upset on the Pasay Voyagers, winning 72-68.

LCC Stores enjoyed a 21-point outing from Jerome Garcia and an 18-point haul from old reliable Ronjay Buenafe.

Bicol nursed a 56-51 advantage into the fourth quarter. Alwyn Alday nailed a jumper and Hafer Mondragon contributed a lay-up for a 61-51 lead that looked secure with 8 minutes left. Buenafe made it a 10-point lead with four minutes left when he went two for two from the line for 66-56.

In the endgame a second three-bomb from Jason Opiso pulled the Voyagers to within two, 70-68, with 12 ticks left. Pasay had to foul and Garcia and Alday sealed it from the line.

Mon Ilagan scored 15 to lead Pasay as they tumble to 12-8 while LCC Stores move up to 10-11

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