MPBL: Derige's monster night helps QC secure comeback win against Pampanga

Bob Guerrero on Nov 23, 2019 08:40 AM
MPBL: Derige's career night steers QC to comeback win
Clark Derige scores a career-high 31 points as QC coach Christian Coronel wins in his debut.

The Quezon City Capitals - WEMSAP stormed back from a 14-point first half deficit to throttle the Pampanga Giant Lanterns - ADG Group of Companies 81-75 to kick off Friday night's games in the Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League Lakan Season.

QC big man Clark Derige achieved a career-best 31 points to go along with 7 rebounds as his team resuscitates their drive for the playoffs.

The win at the Pasig Sports Center concludes a three-game losing skid and leaves Quezon City at 9-13. It's also a winning debut for new QC coach Christian Coronel at the expense of the Kapampangans, who drop to 13-9.

ADG Group of Companies went to the dressing room at the half up comfortably, 42 to 28. But the Capitals ran roughshod in the third quarter with 29 points, one more than they had scored in the entire first half. Derige hit three triples early in the period as part of a 15-2 streak that pulled them to within one, 44-43.

The teams kept it close, with Pampanga's Reil Cervantes and Dexter Maiquez dueling with QC's Ryan Costelo and Derige in the fourth. With just over a minute left Costelo scooped in a soaring finger-roll driving lay-up to give the Capitals a 75-71 lead. Lantern Mark Cruz replied with a three-ball that was instantly negated by a triple from Derige. The former UE Red Warrior would drain two free throws with 32 seconds left to ice the game for the Caps at 80-74.

Maiquez's triple-double, 18 points and 12 rebounds, would not be enough for the Kapampangans to get the W.

In the featured game the Pasig Sta. Lucia Realtors gave the massive home crowd in the arena what they wanted: a big win against Muntinlupa Cagers - Angelis Resort. The final score was 98-79 as the Realtors go to 14-8 and solidify their playoff standing.

The three-headed offensive monster of coach Bong de la Cruz was in lethal form. Rob Manalang scored 22 points to lead his team, Josan Nimes was not far behind with 20 and Leo Najorda collected 17 markers.

The home side raced to a 26-12 lead after one quarter, with Nimes scoring 7 points . By the half the lead had ballooned to 48-33.

The Realtors never took their foot off the gas in the second half, even when the result was beyond doubt. Sta. Lucia welcomed back gunner Jeric Teng from sick bay and he contributed 15 points.

Edzel Mag-isa's 16 points was tops for the Muntinlupeños, who are now second from bottom in the South Division at 5-17.

Pasig hit 13 from 33 attempts from beyond the arc for 39% and were an equally impressive 46% from the field overall.

In the middle game of the triple-header Zamboanga Family's Brand Sardines prevailed in the battle for canned fish supremacy, defeating Navotas Uni-Pak Sardines 80-65.

Anton Asistio was the overall top gun for Zamboanga with 20 points, 6 rebounds, 6 assists and 3 steals. Alvin Pasaol was their leading scorer with 21. Pasaol amassed 13 points as Family's Brand took a 40-35 lead at the half.

Zamboanga widened their advantage in the third with 7 points from Asistio, as the Navoteños trailed 63-52 going into the last 10 minutes. There would be no resurgence for Uni-Pak as 7 fourth quarter points from Reggie Morido helped snuff out any hope for Navotas. Defensive intensity was key for the Zamboangueños as Britt Reroma's team stole the ball 11 times as opposed to just 4 by Navotas.

Family's Brand puts an end to a two-game losing streak and goes to 13-10 in the South Division, within striking distance of the top four teams. Navotas drops to 5-16 with a fifth straight setback.

Kojak Melegrito was their top scorer with 9 points as no Navoteño was able to breach the double-digit mark in scoring.

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