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John Orbeta, GenSan Warriors beat Muntinlupa for sixth-straight win
by Jim Lemuel Wilson, August 17, 2019 9:06pm
John Orbeta and the GenSan Warriors powered their way through the second half to beat the Muntinlupa Cagers, 84-61, and collect their sixth-straight win on Saturday in the Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League Lakan Cup at the Baliwag Star Arena.
The Warriors were up 19-13 at the end of the first quarter and 39-34 at the half. Edzel Mag-isa opened the third quarter to pull the Cagers to within 36-39, but Pamboy Raymundo replied with a layup of his own before completing an and-1 play. Orbeta then scored on a layup and a three-ball for a 49-36 GenSan lead with 6:54 left in the third.
Biboy Enguio and Ryusei Koga scored on separate baskets for the Cagers, but Orbeta kept the lead at 12, 52-40, with another three-pointer with 4:02 left in the canto. Dave Moralde and Daniel de Guzman then exchanged made free throws before Meylan Landicho sank one freebie and de Guzman hit two more to up GenSan’s lead to 15, 57-42, with 1:46 left in the canto.
Juju Bautista also sank four consecutive charity shots and Denmar Mahaling sank a layup to give the Warriors a 63-42 lead with less than a minute left in the third and the entirety of the fourth still to go. GenSan, however, upped their lead to as many as 28 in the final canto.
Orbeta powered the Warriors’ offense with 17 points, four rebounds, and two assists while Bautista added 13 points and seven boards. Carlos also had nine points as 14 out of the 15 players fielded in by coach Rich Alvarez scored at least two points for GenSan.
Enguio and John Ortuoste had 12 points each to lead the Cagers.
With the win, GenSan now holds an 8-2 win-loss record and a six-game winning run. Muntinlupa, meanwhile, dropped to 3-8 with three consecutive losses. The Warriors will be up for a big test against the San Juan Knights on August 24 while the Cagers will host the Bicol Volcanoes on August 23.
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