MPBL: Bataan punches playoff ticket

ABS-CBN Sports on Jan 25, 2020 12:39 PM
MPBL: Bataan punches playoff ticket
With the score locked at 64-all, Reed Juntilla scored off a lay-up and a jumper, respectively, to spark an 8-2 run, giving Bataan a 72-66 advantage with 38.7 seconds remaining.

BALANGA -- 1Bataan-Camaya Coast edged out General Santos-Burlington, 74-66, to punch their playoff ticket in the 2019-20 Chooks-to-Go/MPBL Lakan Season at the Bataan People's Center here, Friday.

With the score locked at 64-all, Reed Juntilla scored off a lay-up and a jumper, respectively, to spark an 8-2 run, giving Bataan a 72-66 advantage with 38.7 seconds remaining.

GenSan's Al Carlos and Robby Celiz missed on consecutive attempts from the three-point line before Achie Iñigo iced the game with a lay-up, with 5 ticks left on the clock.

"Yung players ng GenSan came out really strong, they're a very good team, playoff team obviously. It was a good test or a good challenge for us," said Bataan head coach Jonas Villanueva.

Alfred Batino tallied 20 points and nine rebounds to push Bataan's standing to 19-9, good for the fourth spot of the North Division.

Byron Villarias provided 13 points, 13 rebounds, and six assists while Iñigo and Martin Gozum chipped in 12 and 10 points, respectively, for the Camaya Coast-backed squad.

Meanwhile, Christopher Masaglang posted 16 points, four rebounds, and three asissts for GenSan while Juju Bautista added 10 markers and four boards in a losing cause.

GenSan slipped to the fourth spot of the South Division with a 16-10 win-loss slate.

In the earlier game, Zamboanga-Family's Brand Sardines moved to solo fifth place in the South after cruising past Muntinlupa-Angelis Resort, 75-63.

Zamboanga improved its standing to 17-11 -- a game ahead of fourth runners Iloilo and Batangas.

Alvin Pasaol, who was limited to just 14 points on 5-of-19 shooting last Saturday vs Iloilo, unloaded 23 points built on five triples, while also shooting on an efficient 8-of-12 clip.

With only a point separating them from Muntinlupa after the first frame, the troika of Dennice Villamor, Aaron Black, and Pasaol spearheaded a furious 26-8 second quarter rally to give Zamboanga a 44-25 advantage.

The Family's Brand Sardines-backed squad never looked back from there, leading by as big as 26 points after a three-pointer from Pasaol, 60-36, in the 3:54 mark of the third quarter.

Though Muntinlupa was able to trim it to just 11 points in the final frame, time was clearly not on their side.

"It's very important for us especially we need the win badly. We take it as a win but hindi kami naka-finish ng strong sa game," lamented Zamboanga head coach Britt Reroma.

Zamboanga homegrown star Robin Roño backstopped Pasaol with 17 points, four assists, and nine rebounds.

Biboy Enguio, on the other hand, led Muntinlupa in scoring with 19 points and seven rebounds while team skipper Dave Moralde followed with 17 points and four boards.

The also-ran Cagers, who are now in a three-game losing slide, fell to a 7-21 slate also in the South Division.

In the first contest, Pasay strengthened its playoff chances after booting out Biñan City-Luxxe White, 68-57.

With the victory, Pasay upped their record to 15-12 to remain at the eight spot of the Northern Division -- one-and-a-half-game ahead of ninth-place Caloocan.

"Yun nga sabi ko kailangan naming mag stack-up ng wins. Kasi yung Caloocan they still have three games pa baka mamaya hindi kami makapag pile up ng wins at makahabol sila," said Pasay hewd coach Marlon Martin.

Behind Gio Lasquety, Raymund Ilagan, and Ronnel Lastimosa, the Voyagers were able to build a 51-42 cushion over Biñan heading into the fourth quarter.

Jason Opiso and Jan Jamon sustained the momentum, igniting a 15-9 rally that saw Pasay take its biggest lead of the ball game at 15, 66-51, off a lay-up from Ilagan with 2:38 left.

Axel Iñigo led Pasay with his all-around game, finishing with 13 points, six assists, seven rebounds, and two steals.

Opiso provided 11 points and six boards while Ilagan added 10 points and eight boards.

Meanwhile, Jed Mendoza had 11 points, four assists, and seven rebounds for the Heroes, who are now kicked out of the playoff race with a 12-16 standing in the South Division.

Ivan Villanueva, who has been playing well in the first half, was called for a disqualifying foul after a hard hit on Elvin Chan in the third period. The bulky big man finished with eight points for the Krah Heroes.

The Scores:

FIRST GAME

Pasay (68) -- Iñigo 13, Opiso 11, Ilagan 10, Jamon 8, Lastimosa 6, Chan 6, Belencion 4, Reverente 4, Lasquety 4, Lomtong 0, Hilario 0, de Villa 0, Pasia 0, Moradas 0

Biñan City-Luxxe White (57) -- Mendoza 11, Stevens 10, Villanueva 8, Acosta 7, Neypes 6, Parala 5, Mangahas 5, Mangahas 3, Rivera 2, Adorio 0, Bautista 0

Quarterscores: 17-18, 35-33, 51-42, 68-57

SECOND GAME

Zamboanga-Family's Brand Sardines (75) -- Pasaol 23, Roño 17, Villamor 9, Bonsubre 7, Asistio 6, Black 6, Santillan 4, Reyes 3, Thiele 0, Ignacio 0, Arboleda 0, De Vera 0

Muntinlupa-Angelis Resort (63) -- Enguio 19, Moralde 17, Ylagan 8, Buenaflor 7, Reyes 5, Ortouste 4, Mag-isa 3, Gonzales 0, Salaveria 0, Po 0, Rebugio 0, Pamulaklakin 0

Quarterscores: 18-17, 44-25, 63-42, 75-63.

THIRD GAME

1Bataan-Camaya Coast (74) -- Batino 20, Villarias 13, Iñigo 12, Gozum 10, Juntilla 6, Llanto 5, Jaime 4, Jumao-as 2, Nalos 2, Castro 0, Gallardo 0

General Santos-Burlington (66) -- Masaglang 16, Bautista 10, Raymundo 9, Carlos 9, Goloran 6, Orbeta 5, Cabanag 3, Baltazar 3, Celiz 2, Basco 2, Cinco 1, Grospe 0, Mahaling 0, Landicho 0

Quarterscores: 12-20, 30-32, 44-44, 74-66

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