MPBL: Ruthless Iloilo mows down Supremos in Caloocan

Bob Guerrero on Nov 27, 2019 09:35 AM
MPBL: Ruthless Iloilo mows down Supremos in Caloocan
"Sumusunod Lang ako sa tinuturo sa akin ng coaches ko. At binibigyan din ako ng kumpiyansa ng coaches and teammates ko. " - Richard Escoto

The Iloilo United Royals delivered an impressive road win on Tuesday, smoking the Caloocan Supremos Victory Liner 90-67 in the Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League Lakan Season.

The big crowd at the Caloocan Sports Complex had little to cheer about as their Supremos wilted in the second half in the face of torrid Iloilo shooting. Chief among the Ilonggo marksmen was Richard Escoto, who lorded it over the Supremos defense with 19 points and 8 rebounds.

"Sumusunod lang ako sa tinuturo sa akin ng coaches ko. At binibigyan din ako ng kumpiyansa ng coaches and teammates ko," said the sweet-shooting forward.

The home team led 38-37 at the half, but Iloilo owned the third period. The Royals unleashed an astonishing 19-2 run to kick off the second half, with Escoto and Alfrancis Tamsi supplying firepower. It was 64-48 to United at the end of the third.

There was more of the same in the final period as Iloilo cruised to victory. Eric Gonzales' team wins a fifth game in a row to charge up to 14-8 in the standings while Caloocan stumbles to 14-10.

Thomas Torres and Reil Cervantes were unavailable for Caloocan due to injury.

In the first game of the day, Zamboanga Family's Brand Sardines won decisively against the Mindoro Tamaraws, 84-64.

A mammoth 37-point third quarter explosion did the trick for the Zamboangueños, who climb to 14-10 in the South Division. Robin Roño was on target on four occasions from outside the arc in that period, while Dennice Villamor poured in 7 points. There were 10-0 and 12-0 runs from Family's Brand in the third quarter that lifted them to a 68-40 lead with a quarter remaining. Zamboanga then coasted to victory in the final chapter of the game.

Roño and Pasaol provided 18 points each to lead Zamboanga while Kim Cinco topped Mindoro's scoring charts with 16.

The Tams drop to 8-17 in the South Division table.

In the early evening game, Navotas Uni-Pak Sardines relied on big points down the stretch from homegrown guard Marwin Taywan to subdue the Muntinlupa Cagers Angelis Resort, 89-83.

Taywan, a former EAC General, poured in 11 of his 12 points in the payoff period to lead his team to a 6-16 slate. Munti drops to 5-18.

Cager Biboy Enguio had a big day with 23 points and 3 blocks but he fouled out with two and a half minutes left, severely hampering Munti's chances of winning. Taywan scythed through the middle of the Muntinlupeño defense for a lay-up and an 86-81 lead with 46 seconds left. He then eased in three free throws to seal the result. Mark Guillen led Navotas with 17 points.

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