MPBL: GenSan halts two-game slide, Bacoor wins 5th straight
ABS-CBN Sports on Jan 09, 2020 09:10 AM
Thanks to Robby Celiz's late-game heroics, GenSan leapfrogged Basilan and Zamboanga for the third seed in the South with a 16-8 win-loss standing.
GenSan-Burlington halted its two-game skid at the expense of home team Pasay, 76-69, in the 2019-20 Chooks-to-Go MPBL Lakan Season at the Cuneta Astrodome, Wednesday.
The Warriors leaned on a late 9-0 run, with six coming from Robby Celiz, to turn a 63-65 deficit to a 72-65 advantage with 50.5 seconds left in the game.
"Naniniwala kasi ako na laging mayroong isang quarter na nakalaan para sa amin, thankfully, the boys stuck to the gameplan and played hard-nosed defense. That's what we prepared the past week," said GenSan assistant coach Ramon Pido on their late-game execution.
Pido took over coaching chores for GenSan as head coach Rich Alvarez was still out of the country.
The Warriors turned to their bench for additional firepower, outscoring Pasay's reserves, 43-29.
Pamboy Raymundo registered 23 points on a very efficient 8-of-12 shooting clip, alongside four rebounds and three dimes as GenSan leapfrogged Basilan and Zamboanga for the third seed in the South with a 16-8 win-loss standing.
Celiz contributed 17 points, 11 boards and five assists while Daryl Goloran and Cristopher Masaglang added seven markers apiece.
Ron Lastimosa tallied 16 points while Axel Iñigo chipped in 14 as Pasay retained the ninth spot in the North at 13-12.
In the earlier game, Cebu-Casino Ethyl Alcohol pumped life to its playoff chances after trumping Quezon City-WEMSAP, 95-89.
The victory enabled the Sharks to improve to 11-12, good for the ninth spot, just behind eight-running Bicol-LCC Stores at 13-12.
Up by just six in the fourth frame, 82-76, Cebu unloaded an 11-4 blitz, capped by Rhaffy Octobre's triple and a jumper with 2:16 on the clock to put the game out of reach, 93-80.
"Sinabihan ko lang yung players ko nung halftime na huwag maging kumpyansa, mabuti naman nakarecover sila nung fourth quarter nung humabol na ang Quezon City," Sharks head coach Noynoy Falcasantos said.
Will McAloney and Fletcher Galvez finished with identical 17-point, five-rebound statlines for Cebu.
Joco Tayongtong uncorked 23 points, including 10 freebies for Quezon City, Dahrrel Caranguian tallied 16 markers, while Mark Olayon and Clark Derige combined for 27.
The Capitals slid to 11th place in the North division at 10-16.
In the first game, Bacoor City extended its winning streak to five games after subduing Marikina, 100-88, Wednesday.
Michael Cañete posted 19 points, 12 rebounds, three assists, and three blocks, helping the Strikers retain the second spot in the Southern division behind a 20-5 win-loss record.
"Coming off a long break, it's hard to play the same way we were playing last time. We had good stretches but Marikina was so tough and came to compete tonight," Bacoor coach Chris Gavina said.
Striker Michael Mabulac added a double-double of his own with 14 points and 12 boards while RJ Ramirez chipped in 13 markers.
Still within striking distance with over three minutes left in the game, 92-82, Bacoor put the finishing touches on a quick 6-0 sprint, capped by Cañete's reverse, 98-82, with just 1:11 on the clock.
Tied at 30 at the 7:09 mark, Bacoor ended the second period on a 26-12 barrage, to build a huge 14-point cushion at the break, 56-42.
The Strikers put a premium on orchestrating the ball well, tallying 28 assists in the game.
Yvez Sazon came through with 35 points for the Shoemasters while Ato Ular chalked up 21 markers and 23 rebounds.
With the loss, Marikina fell to 4-19, tied with Rizal-Xentro Mall for the last spot in the North.
Bacoor City 100 - Cañete 19, Mabulac 14, Ramirez 13, Banal 9, Ochea 8, Sumalinog 8, Montuano 8, Demusis 6, Melecio 6, Andaya 4, Acidre 3, Aquino 2, Acuña 0.
Marikina 88 - Sazon 35, Ular 21, Española 12, Tambeling 8, Casajeros 5, Pascual 3, Mendoza 2, De Chavez 2, Fortuno 0, Ginez 2, Ybanez 0, Padua 0, Ordonez 0, Dysam 0.
Quarterscores: 27-20, 56-42, 77-66, 100-88.
Cebu-Casino Ethyl Alcohol 95 - McAloney 17, Galvez 17, Saycon 9, Octobre 9, Lee Yu 9, Cortez 7, Huang 7, Coronel 6, Nuñez 6, Viloria 3, Lao 1, Cenita 0.
Quezon City-WEMSAP 89 - Tayongtong 23, Caranguian 16, Olayon 14, Derige 13, Costelo 7, Mabayo 7, Castro 5, Gadon 4, Medina 0, Barua 0, Atabay 0.
Quarterscores: 25-17, 47-36, 67-61, 95-89.
GenSan-Burlington 76 - Raymundo 23, Celiz 17, Masaglang 7, Goloran 7, Landicho 6, Carlos 6, Cinco 3, Cabanag 2, Mahaling 2, Baltazar 2, Orbeta 1, Basco 0.
Pasay 69 - Lastimosa 16, Iñigo 14, Jamon 12, Chan 7, Moradas 6, Reverente 6, Ilagan 4, Opiso 2, Pasia 2, Vitug 0, Belencion 0.
Quarterscores: 9-21, 33-40, 58-55, 76-69.