Byron Villarias has a triple-double as Bataan continues to rise

Bob Guerrero on Nov 07, 2019 10:17 AM
 MPBL: Villarias triple-double propels Bataan over QC
"Nagtiwala lang ako sa team mates at sa plan ng coach. At siyempre, sa loob ng court, nag-usap-usap kami." - Byron Villarias (FILE PHOTO)

Bataan Risers - Camaya Coast benefited from one of the great individual performances of the season on Wednesday as guard Byron Villarias notched a triple-double in their 79-73 win over Quezon City Capitals - WEMSAP in the MPBL Lakan Season. 

Villarias amassed 22 points, 10 rebounds and 12 assists as Camaya Coast wins a fifth straight game to vault to 12-8.

The Risers led 38-29 at the half and appeared to be well in control of the contest at 60-47 at the start of the final period in the Alonte Sports Arena in Binan, Laguna.

But triples from Clark Derige and Joco Tayongtong as well as a driving lay-up from Jonathan Boholano drew QC to within three, 67-64 with three minutes to go.

Villarias then capped a great night with back-to-back three-balls to put the game out of reach at 73-64 with 2:01 to go.

"Nagtiwala lang ako sa team mates at sa plan ng coach. At siyempre, sa loob ng court, nag-usap-usap kami," said Villarias about his stellar outing.

Alfred Batino and Jose Mari Presbitero make big contributions to the Risers' win with 16 points apiece.

Quezon City dropped a third straight game as they slide to 8-13. Mon Mabayo's 17 points was best for Vis Valencia's squad.

In the early evening game the Caloocan Supremos - Victory Liner came from behind to edge the Marikina Shoemasters, 76-74. The Supremos were led by Caloocan homegrown Cedric Labing-isa, who paced his squad with 21 points, including several in the endgame.

Marikina squandered a terrific night by Yves Sazon, who compiled a game-high 27 points, all but two in the second half. Sazon came alive in the third quarter with 13 of his team's 18 points as the cobblers gained a 51-48 lead heading into the final quarter.

A 7-0 run by Sazon to begin the period was part of a 12-3 binge by Marikina that gave them a 63-51 lead with 5:36 remaining.

With four minutes to go Caloocan embarked on a 9-0 run of their own that featured a Labing-isa triple.

Despite three-pointers down the stretch from Sazon and Mariqueno star Jojo Duncil, the Monumento Boys converted 6 of 7 free throws given to them in the final minutes, while Marikina made two turnovers and flubbed free throws to lose the game.

Marikina will rue a desultory 15/36 clip from the free throw line, just 41%. Elvis Tolentino's Shoemasters slump to 3-16 while the Supremos surge to 12-9.

In the last game of the evening hot hand Jamil Ortuoste was the difference as Muntinlupa Cagers - Angelis Resort disposed of the Mindoro Tamaraws, 85-76. Ortuoste led all scorers with 27 points, connecting on 8 of 16 attempts from beyond the arc. T

he Muntinlupenos carved up the Mindoreno defense to the tune of 32 points in the pivotal third quarter to take a commanding 69-55 lead heading into the fourth stanza. Ortuoste unloaded 17 points in that quarter, including four three-pointers in a row for his side.

Through the scoring of Paul John Siarot and Mac Baracael the Tams pulled to within five, 73-68 with seven minutes left. But Edzel Mag-isa, Ortuoste, Biboy Enguio and Jed Salaveria pummeled the Tamaraw defense down the stretch to secure the victory.

Munti edges up to 5-15 in the standings, snapping a 2-game losing skid. Mindoro see their playoff hopes dented with an 8-13 slate.

Baracael and Kim Cinco were the two leading scorers for the Tamaraws with 12 points apiece.

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