MPBL: Mangahas game-winner lifts Binan over Zamboanga

Bob Guerrero on Nov 20, 2019 10:06 AM
MPBL: Mangahas game-winner lifts Binan over Zamboanga
"Sabi ni Kuya Denok (Miranda, Biñan coach,) basta open, tira niyo lang walang magagalit dito." - James Mangahas.

James Mangahas' last-gasp jumper gave the Biñan City Laguna Luxxe White Krah a big upset victory against Zamboanga Family's Brand Sardines 74-72 on Tuesday night at the Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League Lakan Season.

The long two-pointer with two seconds left broke the backs of the visiting Zamboanga side at the Alonte Sports Arena in Biñan City, Laguna and sealed a third straight win for the Laguna outfit.

"Sabi ni Kuya Denok (Miranda, Biñan coach,) basta open, tira niyo lang walang magagalit dito," recounted Mangahas after the game. The taller of the two Mangahas brothers of Biñan finished with 20 points and 5 rebounds.

Laguna took a 33-31 lead at the half. In the third period Jed Mendoza dished off twice to Ivan Villanueva while Kyle Neypes and James Mangahas dropped triples to spur Luxxe White Krah to a 56-50 lead going into the final frame.

Zamboanga's Robin Roño hit a three-ball to pull his side to within two, 66-64 with 3:44 left. But that prompted Macky Acosta and Mangahas to fire in triples of their own to stretch the cushion anew.

However, with 36 seconds left Family's Brand Sardines finally tied the game at 72 with a top-of-the- key three-bomb from Santy Santillan. After both teams experienced fruitless possessions, Biñan delivered in the dying seconds, with Allan Mangahas producing the assist to his brother.

Biñan rises to 8-15 while Zamboanga loses another heartbreaker days after falling to Makati in triple overtime. Family's Brand were led in scoring by Santillan's 19 points.

The early evening game featured the Caloocan Supremos Victory Liner outgunning Navotas Uni-Pak Sardines 97-96 in an entertaining matchup. Paul Sanga drove Victory Liner to victory with 18 points and sunk three game-winning free throws with seconds left.

The Navoteños scored 46 points in the first half and still found themselves trailing by seven as both offenses clicked. In the third period Navotas had points from eight different scorers as they knotted the score at 71 going into the fourth period.

It was nip-and-tuck all throughout the final frame. Mark Guillen gave Uni-Pak a 96-94 lead with 24 seconds left with a gorgeous reverse layup in traffic. But on the net play Jhong Bondoc unwisely burned his fifth and final foul on Paul Sanga when the Supremo took a triple. Sanga displayed nerves of steel in pocketing all three free throws for a 97-96 lead with 16 ticks to go. Navotas gunner Mykiel Cabahug hit a jumper on the ensuing possession but not before 14-second the shot clock sounded, nullifying the basket.

Caloocan actually turned the ball over with two seconds left but Abdurasad's desperation heave was well wide, meaning Victory Liner had survived to go to 14-8 and win for a third straight time.

Meanwhile. Navotas fritters away a rare chance at victory to slide to 5-15. Guillen led Gabby Severino's team with 25 markers.

The Bacoor Strikers weathered a fourth quarter surge to outlast the Valenzuela City Carga Backroad Solution 78-74 in the afternoon game.

Gab Banal's 23 points were crucial in holding off Val City's Val Acuna, who pumped in 19 in a losing cause.

The Strikers led through much of the first three quarters and were up by 16, 68-52, with 7:29 left on the clock. But Reneford Ruaya, Paolo Hubalde and Acuna unspooled a 10-1 run later in the period that whittled the Bacoor lead to just four, 75-71, with just over a minute remaining.

Banal stanched the bleeding with a lay-up, only to see Acuna drop another triple to trim the lead to 77-74. But that was the last gasp of the Valenzuela resurgence as the Caviteños held on for the win that lifts them to 18-5 in the North Division. Valenzuela stumble to 9-14, and see their playoff hopes get severely dented.

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