MPBL: Bulacan rallies to down Sarangani
ABS-CBN Sports on Jan 08, 2020 10:04 AM
Lester Alvarez unloaded 20 points and four assists to help keep the fourth spot for Bulacan in the Northern Division with a 17-8 win-loss record.
MALOLOS, BULACAN – Bulacan Kuyas averted disaster after coming out with a 76-69 victory against cellar-dwelling Sarangani Province, 76-69, in the 2019 MPBL/Chooks-to-Go Lakan Cup here at the Capitol Gymnasium, Tuesday.
Down by as much as seven points entering the final frame, Bulacan managed to snatch the lead off a three-pointer from Lester Alvarez with 6:23 remaining left in the game, 59-58.
Pari Llagas was able to give Sarangani back the advantage, but it was short-lived as Jovit Dela Cruz, Stephen Siruma, and Dennis Santos conspired with Alvarez in a 9-0 rally to give the Kuyas a 68-60 advantage with 3:32 on the clock.
Llagas and Miko Estrellante brought Sarangani to as close as four points, but Alvarez slammed the doors shut on Sarangani with a floater in the 1:11 mark of the game.
“Well, kailangan naming maging disciplined. Ni-remind ko lang sila dahil yung first three quarters medyo relaxed e. Bumalik lang kami sa mga ginagawa namin nang maayos,” said Bulacan head coach Kerwin McCoy on his team’s slow start.
Alvarez unloaded 20 points and four assists to help keep the fourth spot in the Northern Division with a 17-8 win-loss record.
JR Taganas chipped in eight points and 10 rebounds while Siruma and Santos also had eight markers apiece in Bulacan’s fourth-straight win.
Meanwhile, Llagas paced Sarangani – who dropped to 1-24 in the Southern Division – with 14 points and 10 rebounds.
In the earlier game, with Allyn Bulanadi out, Basilan-Jumbo Plastic leaned on Dennis Daa to escape the Pasig-Sta. Lucia in overtime, 89-83.
Daa, who finished the game with 13 points, eight boards, and four steals, delivered the lethal blows for Basilan while also steering his squad to the fourth spot in the Southern Division with a 16-9 win-loss slate.
Down by two points in the extended period, Daa fired four points in a 7-0 swing to give Basilan a five-point 83-78 advantage with 2:44 remaining in the game.
Pasig then rallied behind Fonzo Gotladera, Jeric Teng, and Leo Najorda, to trim Basilan’s lead to just three points. Unfortunately for Pasig, Daa fished a foul from Najorda and drained two from the charity stripe to restore order.
Hessed Gabo sealed the victory with a three-point bomb with 36 ticks left.
“Alam mo naman na hindi pushover ang Pasig, talagang malakas ‘yan sila. Luckily for us, sa end game naka deliver kami at na-stop sila,” said Basilan head coach Jerson Cabiltes.
Bautista led the Jumbo Plastic-backed squad with 19 points while Gab Dagangon followed with 15 markers, seven rebounds, and four assists.
Bulanadi, who just came from Davao to Manila last night, sat out the game for the Steel.
On the other hand, Teng spearheaded Pasig with 23 points, nine rebounds, and four assists. Najorda added 22 points and 10 boards.
Robbie Manalang, who sent the game to overtime with a three-pointer with 12 seconds left in regulation, ended with 10 points for the Sta. Lucia owned squad, who remained at seventh in the Northern Division with a 14-10 card.
In the first game, Muntinlupa Cagers-Angelis Resort carved out a tight 90-86 victory against the also-ran Imus Bandera-Luxxe Slim.
Edzel Mag-isa, Dave Moralde, and Paeng Rebugio joined forces in a 12-0 run to turn a once four-point deficit to an eight-point lead with 3:13 left in the fourth quarter.
John Cantimbuhan broke the drought for Imus with a floater – who was held scoreless for exactly three minutes and five seconds. Another basket from Cantimbuhan followed by a three from Jayjay Helterbrand pulled the Luxxe Slim-backed squad to within five, 84-89, with a minute left.
However, three free throws from Rebugio and Moralde, respectively, to put the game completely out of reach. Helterbrand then fired one last attempt to save Imus, but his three-pointer failed to hit the basket.
“You have to give it to the players, yung players namin they’re mentally tough as well. We prepared for Imus, alam namin yung mga ibibigay nila sa amin. And then they just stuck to the system,” said Muntinlupa head coach Chico Tirona on his ward’s tough fourth quarter stand.
John Ourtoste unloaded 26 points along with seven rebounds to lead the Angelis Resort-powered squad to a 7-19 record, keeping the 13th spot in the Southern Division.
Moralde added 16 points, five rebounds, and three assists while Rebugio finished with 12 points, eight boards, and five dimes for Muntinlupa.
Imus – who dropped to 6-22 and remained in the 14th spot also in the Southern Division – was led by Helterbrand with 18 points and seven boards.
Muntinlupa-Angelis Resort (90) – Ortouste 26, Moralde 16, Rebugio 12, Ylagan 9, Mag-isa 8, Salaveria 8, Enguio 7, Buenaflor 2, Pamulaklakin 2, Po 0, Reyes 0
Imus-Luxxe Slim (86) — Helterbrand 17, Nacpil 14, Cawaling 11, Cantimbuhan 6, Anderson 5, Dedicatoria 4, Morales 3, Lim 2, Vito 2, Cunanan 2, Deles 2,
Quarterscores: 27-20, 50-48, 69-71, 90-86
Basilan-Jumbo Plastic (89) – Bautista 19, Dagangon 15, Daa 13, Gabo 12, Uyloan 12, Collado 6, Balucanag 4, Vidal 3, Palencia 2, Dumapig 2, Manalang 1, Lunor 0, Hallare 0
Pasig-Sta. Lucia (83) – Teng 23, Najorda 22, Manalang 10, Nimes 10, Gotladera 10, Velchez 6, Mendoza 2, Medina 0, Grealy 0, Chavenia 0, Canon 0
Quarterscores: 16-19, 34-34, 56-58, 74-74, 89-83
Bulacan (76) – Alvarez 20, Taganas 8, Siruma 8, Santos 8, Dela Cruz 7, Alabanza 7, Diputado 6, Nermal 6, Escosio 4, Mendoza 2, Arim 0, De Mesa 0
Sarangani Province (69) – Llagas 14, Catacutan 13, Estrellante 10, Medalla 7, Clavel 6, Ballon 6, Dimapiles 4, Morada 3, Trinidad 2, Eman 2, Cabanog 2, Timon 0, Macantal 0, Nocos 0, Alih 0
Quarterscores: 15-18, 36-31, 46-52, 76-69