MPBL: Pasig punches playoff ticket

ABS-CBN Sports on Jan 26, 2020 07:13 AM
MPBL: Pasig punches playoff ticket
Jeric Teng posted 30 points, eight rebounds, four assists, two steals, and a block, leading the 17-11 Realtors to their first post-season appearance after finishing dead last in the Datu Cup.

BIÑAN, LAGUNA -- Pasig-Sta. Lucia punched its playoffs ticket after scraping past Navotas Uni-Pak Sardines, 107-100, Saturday in the 2019-20 Chooks-to-Go MPBL Lakan Season at the Alonte Sports Arena here.

Jeric Teng posted 30 points, eight rebounds, four assists, two steals, and a block, leading the 17-11 Realtors to their first post-season appearance after finishing dead last in the Datu Cup.

"Every game we learn from our mistakes, so this time na-correct namin yung mali namin last game na nagco-collapse yung defense namin kapag fourth quarter," said Pasig coach Bong Dela Cruz.

Josan Nimes added 22 points, Argel Mendoza had 15 points built on four treys while Robbie Manalang got 15 of his own with eight dimes.

Down by 11, Navotas entered the fourth period with a 7-2 sprint to cut the deficit to six via Jhong Bondoc's layup, 87-81.

But the Realtors quickly answered back with a 12-4 blitz to restore a double-digit advantage at 14, 99-85.

Down four midway through the first quarter, Pasig uncorked 15 unanswered points built on triples by Manalang, Teng, Nimes and Leo Najorda, to take an 11-point margin, 27-16.

Osama Abdurasad dropped 18 points while Bondoc registered 17 markers and eight boards as Navotas slid to 7-22 in the Northern division.

In the earlier contest, Cebu-Casino Ethyl Alcohol remained in the hunt for a postseason berth after devouring Imus-Luxxe Slim, 101-76.

The Sharks upped their win-loss record to 13-13, a game behind eighth-running Bicol-LCC Stores at 15-13.

Rhaffy Octobre led the onslaught with a double-double performance of 19 points on an efficient 8-of-13 shooting and 10 rebounds.

Will McAloney and Joel Lee Yu contributed 13 points apiece while Kraniel Viloria and John Ubalde combined for 21.

"Ang mindset kasi namin dito, defense talaga. Last four practices namin, nakukuha na nila yung lahat ng gusto kong mangyari, I hope mag tuloy tuloy hanggang makaabot sa playoffs," said Cebu coach Noynoy Falcasantos.

Already ahead by nine, the Casino Ethyl Alcohol-backed squad opened the second period with a 13-5 blast to establish a 16-point advantage, 42-26 at the 6:11 mark, and it was all Cebu after that.

Michael Cenita's three-pointer at the 1:33 mark of the fourth frame gave Cebu its biggest advantage of the game at 29, 97-68.

Cebu dominated Imus in the running game, outscoring them 29-12 in fastbreak points. The Sharks reserves also made some noise, scoring 62, while their Bandera counterparts only managed 33.

RJ Deles scored 12 points while Jojo Cunanan posted 11 points, five rebounds, and four assists against five turnovers as Imus ended its campaign at 6-24. Gerald Anderson unloaded 10 markers, eight boards, and five dimes.

In what could be his final game in his storied basketball career, Jayjay Helterbrand was forced to sit out due to a right hamstring injury.

In the first game, Bicol-LCC Stores strengthened its hold of the eighth seed in the South, nipping Quezon City-WEMSAP, 89-87.

The Volcanoes raised their win-loss card to 15-13, still the eighth seed in the tough Southern division, just 1.5 games ahead of 12-13 Cebu-Casino Ethyl Alcohol.

With one final possession to tie or take the win with 13.2 ticks left, Quezon City went to Mark Olayon as he drove to the basket and passed the ball underneath, but it was stolen by Bicol bigman Chris Lalata, who threw the ball to Ronjay Buenafe on the other end of the court to preserve the win for his team.

"Nag-gamble na kami doon, we switched everyone kahit na may tendency na magkakaroon ng mismatch, sabi ko lang recover lang agad. Sakto pagdrive ni Olayon, nandoon si Chris," Volcanoes head coach Mon Kallos on their final defensive stop.

Trailing by two at the 1:09 mark of the pivotal fourth period, Capitals' Jeff Morillo found Fidel Castro underneath for the easy reverse to knot the game at 87.

But Olayon fouled Buenafe on the other end with 48.7 seconds remaining, as the latter buried both of his freebies, which would be the eventual game-winning shots.

Bicol's three-guard combo made most of the damage with Buenafe wounding up with 22 points, Jerome Garcia tallying 16 markers and seven rebounds while Alwyn Alday getting 14 points.

High-leaping Lalata provided 13 points, 10 rebounds, and four dimes while Jonathan Aldave added 11 markers.

Ryan Costelo delivered 25 points, seven assists and six rebounds for the 10-18 Capitals while Clark Derige chipped in 16 markers and 10 rebounds. Olayon just missed a triple-double with 13 points, 12 boards, and eight dimes.

The Scores:

FIRST GAME

Bicol-LCC Stores 89 - Buenafe 22, Garcia 16, Alday 14, Lalata 13, Aldave 11, Mondragon 4, Alfonso 3, Olea 3, Ongteco 2, Lao 1, Guerrero 0, Manalang 0, Gusi 0.

Quezon City-WEMSAP 87 - Costelo 25, Derige 16, Olayon 13, Castro 8, Medina 7, Sison 6, Barua 5, Atabay 3, Olea 2, Morillo 2, Gadon 0.

Quarterscores: 20-20, 38-40, 60-63, 89-87.

SECOND GAME

Cebu-Casino Ethyl Alcohol 101 - Octobre 19, McAloney 13, Lee Yu 13, Viloria 11, Ubalde 10, Galvez 8, Lao 8, Cortes 8, Huang 4, Cenita 3, Nuñez 2, Ilad 2, Mantilla 0, Saycon 0.

Imus-Luxxe White 76 - Deles 12, Cunanan 11, Anderson 10, Ng Sang 10, Nacpil 9, Munsayac 6, Caceres 4, Gonzaga 3, Ong 3, Morales 3, Vito 2, Dedicatoria 2, Cawaling 1, Arellano 0.

Quarterscores: 29-21, 50-37, 75-53, 101-76.

THIRD GAME

Pasig-Sta. Lucia 107 - Teng 30, Nimes 22, Mendoza 15, Manalang 15, Najorda 12, Gotladera 6, Tamayo 3, Velchez 2, Chavenia 2, Medina 0, Grealy 0, Canon 0.

Navotas Uni-pak Sardines 100 - Abdurasad 18, Bondoc 17, Andaya 13, Gonzales 13, Guillen 11, Cabahug 11, Evangelista 6, Melegrito 6, Prudente 3, Matillano 2, Vicencio 0, Soriano 0, Mamaclay 0, Bautista 0.

Quarterscores: 27-18, 53-42, 85-74, 107-100.

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