MPBL: Basilan gets the road win while Makati triumphs in 3OT epic

Bob Guerrero on Nov 29, 2019 07:57 AM
MPBL: Dagangon delivers as Basilan stops Warriors in Gensan
"Ni-remind kami ng mga coaches na wag madala sa crowd."- Gab Danganon.

The Basilan Steel Jumbo Plastic spoiled Gensan Warriors - Burlington's home game by winning 85-79 in Thursday night's doubleheader of the Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League Lakan Season.

The large crowd at the Lagao Gym in General Santos City, South Cotabato were unable to prod their side to victory as the visitors advance to 14-8 in the standings.

Gab Dangangon was adjudged best player of the game for amassing 23 points and 8 rebounds. Gensan's Robby Celiz led all scorers with 28.

"Ni-remind kami ng mga coaches na wag madala sa crowd," said Danganon. The Warriors started hot with a 29-point first quarter, with triples from four different players.

But in the second quarter it was Basilan who got into an offensive flow, with Dagangon, Allyn Bulanadi, and Jay Collado stroking the ball in from range. At the half Jumbo Plastic led 47-42.

Basilan stretched their lead to nine at the end of the third, and then repeatedly fended off Gensan rallies in the fourth to hang on for victory. The Warriors got as close as five points adrift but Anthony Bringas, Collado and Dagangon slammed the door shut with big baskets down the stretch.

In the opening game Makati Super Crunch won a second triple overtime contest this month as they survived the Batangas City Athletics - Tanduay, 94 89. Juneric Baloria's 24 points led Makati, who improve to 19-4. Athletic Jeff Viernes led all scorers with 28 in a losing effort.

Batangas scored the last 6 points of the fourth quarter, all from the 15-foot line, to force a first extension at 63-63. Cedric Ablaza's driving lay-up with two seconds left on the clock in the first OT drew Makati level at 73-73 after a Viernes jumper gave Batangas a short-lived lead.

Joseph Sedurifa could have won the game for Makati in the business end of the second OT but he unwisely ignored Jeckster Apinan unmarked on a fast break and missed his potentially game-winning lay-up. The 81-81 score after 50 minutes meant Makati were headed to a second triple OT of the month. A few weeks ago they beat Zamboanga after a third OT.

Sedurifa made up for his poor judgment in the first OT with a huge triple with 30 seconds to go in the third overtime that gave Super Crunch a 93-89 lead they would not relinquish. Batangas City stumbles to 13-8 with the loss.

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