MPBL: Caloocan ends season on a high note

ABS-CBN Sports on Feb 13, 2020 10:13 AM
MPBL: Caloocan ends season on a high note
Carlo Escalambre pumped in 35 points on 13-of-24 shooting clip on top of five assists, four rebounds, and two steals.

Caloocan-Victory Liner ended its 2019-20 Chooks-to-Go/MPBL Lakan Season with a tight 93-90 win over Mindoro-JAC Liner on Wednesday at the Caloocan Sports Complex.

Carlo Escalambre pumped in 35 points on 13-of-24 shooting clip on top of five assists, four rebounds, and two steals.

Down by 13 points in the final frame, Richard Abanes and Mac Baracael spearheaded a furious 15-2 rally to tie the game at 82-all with 2:38 remaining.

Behind Paul Sanga and Cedric Labing-isa, Caloocan managed to put up a five-point cushion with 1:15 left.

Not wanting to go down easily, Baracael and Kerr Bangeles were able to trim it to one with a 5-1 spurt, 90-91, before Labing-isa iced the game with two charities.

"Sinabi ko lang sa kanila na enjoy the game, this is our last game. Ibigay na natin sa Caloocan," said Caloocan head coach John Kallos.

Labing-isa stuffed the stat sheet with 21 points, nine assists, seven rebounds, and four steals while Paul Sanga had 15 points, 16 rebounds, and seven assists.

Caloocan finished the elimination phase with a 16-14 standing, falling to the ninth place of the North Division.

Meanwhile, Baracael finished with 29 points, 15 rebounds, and five assists for the Tamaraws -- who capped off their campaign with a 9-21 card.

In the earlier contest, Robby Celiz took over in crunch time, leading General Santos-Burlington to an 80-75 escape act against Nueva Ecija.

With Nueva Ecija closing in, Celiz took matters into his own hands and went hard for a layup. The six-year veteran then swished a fadeaway jumper to stretch the lead to five, 78-73, with 38 seconds left in the game.

James Martinez answered with a floater to keep Nueva Ecija within striking distance but Cris Masaglang and Celiz buried 2-of-4 from the line to completely ice the game.

"Well, I just told him [Robby Celiz], to be aggressive and play his game, play to his true potential. Don't settle, don't relax because we're going to the playoffs," said General Santos head coach Rich Alvarez.

Pamboy Raymundo posted 24 points on 11-of-18 shooting, five assists, and two steals along with six turnovers.

Celiz -- who scored five of GenSan's last six points -- finished the game with 23 points, 16 rebounds, and three assists.

Cris Masaglang added 13 points while Mikey Williams had 12 points, nine assists, and eight rebounds.

GenSan ended the elimination round with an 18-12 card, tied with Zamboanga and Iloilo. However, due to the quotient system, the Warriors settled for the seventh seed and will face number two Bacoor.

James Martinez top-scored Nueva Ecija with 22 points built on five three-pointers along with six boards.

Jai Reyes was an assist shy of a triple-double, finishing with 13 points, 10 rebounds, and nine assists for the 10-20 Rice Vanguards.

In the first game, Yves Sazon showed nerves of steel in his milestone night, pushing Marikina past the pesky Rizal-Xentro Mall, 87-86.

Sazon -- who already had a total of 980 points heading to this game -- tallied 21 points on 9-of-22 shooting, to become the second player in MPBL history to enter the 1000-point club. He also had six rebounds and three assists.

With 2.4 ticks left in the game, Sazon rose up to tip in a miss from Ato Ular, 87-86, to give Marikina a one-point edge -- making his milestone much sweeter.

Joemari Lacastesantos tried to salvage the victory for Rizal, but Von Tambeling was able to block the shot, sealing the deal for the Shoemasters.

"Ngayon medyo nag ma-mature na yung ibang players, so magandang sign din yun. Sana madala namin next season," said Marikina head coach Elvis Tolentino.

Ular finished the game with a monster performance of 23 points and 23 rebounds along with four assists, two steals, and two blocks for Marikina.

Von Tambeling and Daryl Pascual chipped in 15 and 13 points, respectively.

Marikina finished the season with an 8-22 win-loss slate in the North Division.

Lord Casajeros, meanwhile, spearheaded the 7-23 Golden Coolers with 17 points, five rebounds, and two assists.

The Scores:

FIRST GAME

Marikina (87) -- Ular 23, Sazon 21, Tambeling 15, Pascual 13, Casajeros 7, Mendoza 4, Cadorna 2, Fortuno 1, Dysam 1, Padua 0, Gines 0, Ybañez 0

Rizal-Xentro Mall (86) -- Casajeros 17, Rios 15, Benitez 13, Vidal 9, Leynes 8, Lacastesantos 7, Raflores 6, Bautista 4, Gregorio 3, Bacay 2, Saliente 2, Regalado 0

Quarterscores: 25-18, 43-38, 67-62, 87-86


SECOND GAME

General Santos-Burlington (80) -- Raymundo 24, Celiz 23, Masaglang 13, Williams 12, Goloran 3, Orbeta 3, Mahaling 2, Bautista 0, Cinco 0, Cabanag 0, Carlos 0, Grospe 0, Landicho 0, Basco 0

Nueva Ecija (75) -- Martinez 22, Reyes 13, Sarao 12, Sabellina 11, Gonzaga 8, Celada 5, Arana 4, Monte 0, Garcia 0

Quarterscores: 24-15, 40-36, 59-52, 80-75

THIRD GAME

Caloocan-Victory Liner (93) -- Escalambre 35, Labing-isa 21, Sanga 15, Lasco 14, Marilao 5, Tongco 3, Sarangay 0, Garcia 0, Gonzales 0

Mindoro-JAC Liner (90) -- Baracael 29, Abanes 17, Vaygan 16, Bangeles 12, Matias 5, Osicos 4, Astrero 2, Alulod 0, Acedillo 0

Quarterscores: 25-9, 45-32, 66-60, 93-90

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