MPBL: Banal near triple-double leads Bacoor to seventh win in a row

ABS-CBN Sports on Jan 21, 2020 09:33 AM
MPBL: Banal leads Bacoor to seventh straight twin
Bacoor Strikers star Gab Banal just missed a triple-double with 10 points, 11 assists, and seven rebounds to lead his squad to a seventh straight win.

BACOOR, CAVITE -- Bacoor City pummeled GenSan-Burlington, 87-75, for its seventh-straight win in the 2019-20 Chooks-to-Go MPBL Lakan Season at the Strike Gym here, Monday.

Michael Mabulac dropped a double-double of 17 points and 10 rebounds as Bacoor rose to 22-5 for second in the South -- lurking behind first-place Davao Occidental at 21-4.

Bacoor led by as much as 13 points in the first half before GenSan stormed right back in the third frame.

Cristopher Masaglang's jumper early in the fourth frame put Gensan within one, 60-61 but it was all Bacoor after that as Mabulac, Ramirez and Oping Sumalinog conspired on a 14-2 blast to restore order with 5:07 left, 75-62.

"We went to a zone defense when GenSan caught up, we slowed down Pamboy (Ramundo) and Mikey (Williams), and we made the plays that we needed to make to get the win," said Bacoor coach Chris Gavina.

Michael Cañete also had a double-double of his own for the Strikers with 11 markers and 10 boards while RJ Ramirez chipped in 11 points and three steals.

Strikers star Gab Banal just missed a triple-double with 10 points, 11 assists, and seven rebounds.

In his first game back since September 13, 2019, Williams uncorked 17 points, all in the second half for the Warriors.

John Orbeta had 14 markers, while Robby Celiz chalked up 11 points and nine rebounds.

GenSan remained in the fourth spot of the same Southern division behind a 16-9 record.

In the earlier game, Cebu-Casino Ethyl Alcohol continued its pursuit of a playoff spot, downing also-ran Nueva Ecija, 77-73.

With Cebu leading by six with at the 1:20 mark of the fourth period, Nueva Ecija's Tonino Gonzaga and Justin Arana scored back-to-back baskets to pull within two, 75-73, with 33.4 ticks remaining.

But Jai Reyes fouled Harold Cortes with 11.2 seconds left as the homegrown Cebuano drained both of his freebies to put the nail in the coffin.

The Rice Vanguards were unable to put up a shot in the final 11 seconds of the game to hand the Sharks their 12th win in 25 contests. Cebu is now just half-a-game behind Bicol for the eighth and final spot in the Southern playoffs.

"Ipinasok ko yung defensive players ko tapos we switched everything kaya di sila nakaattempt," Cebu coach Noynoy Falcasantos on their last defensive play.

Rhaffy Octobre led the way for the Casino Ethyl Alcohol-sponsored Sharks with 22 points on 9-of-15 shooting to go with two boards and an assist. He was also a game-high plus-16.

John Saycon and Nichole Ubalde posted identical 11-point, four-rebound statlines for Cebu while Kraniel Viloria had 10 markers.

Despite the close finish, the Sharks led from start to finish.

Reyes ended up with 14 points, five rebounds, five dimes, three steals but committed five turnovers for Nueva Ecija, who slid to 8-18 in the North.

In the first game, Manila-Frontrow booted out Mindoro-JAC Liner after a wire-to-wire 133-101 victory. 

Carlo Lastimosa registered 27 points, eight rebounds and five assists as Manila rose its win-loss standing to 23-5 for the second spot in the Northern division.

"Maganda ang focus ng players namin offensively at defensively from start to finish, they just attacked Mindoro's defense all game," said Stars head coach Tino Pinat.

Five other Manila cagers scored double-figures with Jonjon Gabriel having 16 points and eight boards, Gabby Espinas tallying 15 markers, and the duo of Jollo Go and Marvin Lee getting 12 apiece, built on seven triples. Mac Montilla added 10 points and four dimes.

Chris Bitoon flirted with a triple-double as he unloaded eight points, eight rebounds, and 12 dimes.

The Stars exploded with 39 points in the second quarter, 14 coming from Lastimosa while limiting the Tamaraws to just 24, to build a humongous 22-point margin at the break, 65-43.

Manila's lead would eventually balloon to as high as 32 points on Go's stepback three-pointer from the left-wing, the final basket of the contest.

The Frontrow-backed Stars orchestrated their offense beautifully, leading to 42 assists, with their reserves scoring the bulk of their points with 84.

Rodel Vaygan's 28 points and five rebounds went down the drain as Mindoro dropped to 9-18, ending their playoff hopes.

The Scores:

FIRST GAME

Manila-Frontrow 133 - Lastimosa 27, Gabriel 16, Espinas 15, Lee 12, Go 12, Montilla 10, Abrigo 8, Bitoon 8, Matias 8, Dionisio 6, Tallo 5, Laude 2, Lopez 2, Manalo 2.

Mindoro-JAC Liner 101 - Vaygan 28, Baracael 18, Bangeles 15, Mandreza 12, Abanes 10, Matias 6, Osicos 5, Astrero 3, Acedillo 2, Axalan 2.

Quarterscores: 26-19, 65-43, 94-78, 133-101.

SECOND GAME

CEBU-CASINO ETHYL ALCOHOL 77 - Octobre 22, Saycon 11, Ubalde 11, Viloria 10, Lao 9, Cortes 8, Nuñez 4, McAloney 2, Galvez 0, Yu 0.

NUEVA ECIJA 73 - Reyes 14, Monte 11, Gonzaga 10, Martinez 10, Sabellina 7, Arana 6, Sarao 5, De Leon 4, Aquino 4, Dela Cruz 2, Garcia 0.

Quarterscores: 23-11, 46-38, 60-55, 77-73.

THIRD GAME

Bacoor City 87 - Mabulac 17, Cañete 11, Ramirez 11, Banal 10, Montuano 9, Pangilinan 8, Aquino 7, Sumalinog 6, Melencio 5, Demusis 3, Acuña 0, Ochea 0.

GenSan-Burlington 75 - Williams 17, Orbeta 14, Celiz 11, Raymundo 10, Masaglang 10, Goloran 6, Mahaling 4, Landicho 3, Basco 0, Baltazar 0, Grospe 0, Cinco 0.

Quarterscores: 16-18, 38-25, 57-54, 87-75.

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