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Navotas beats Mindoro, ends three-game losing streak

by Jim Lemuel Wilson, October 03, 2019 6:50pm

The Navotas Uni-Pak Sardines came out strong early and sustained their attack late to beat the Mindoro Tamaraws, 72-57, and put an end to their three-game losing skid on Thursday in the Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League Lakan Cup at the Cuneta Astrodome in Pasay City.

Brian Ilarde scored the first two points of the game for the Tamaraws on a layup, but Elmer Cabahug responded with a three-pointer, Osama Abdurasad hit a jump shot, and Jhong Bondoc and Kojac Melegrito each nailed a trey to give Navotas an 11-2 lead with 6:50 left in the first quarter.

The Tamaraws then exchanged baskets with Navotas and came to within 11-16 on a Sandy Ceñal basket. Almel Orquina, however, hit a three-pointer and Allan Evangelista scored on a layup to give the Uni-Pak Sardines-backed squad a 21-11 lead heading into the second canto.

Navotas then kept Mindoro at bay in the second canto to take a 35-27 lead at the half. Mindoro came to within four, 40-44, on a Nicol Bolos layup at the 4:35 mark of the third, but Domark Matillano and Evangelista hit timely baskets to keep Navotas ahead, 52-44, heading into the final canto.
Cabahug then hit a three-pointer to start the fourth before Jhong Bondoc sank two free throws, and Melegrito split his charities to give Navotas a 58-44 lead with 7:47 to go. Navotas then simply maintained their advantage the rest of the way.

Abdurasad top-scored for Navotas with 14 points along with two rebounds, six assists and three steals while Cabahug and Orquina added 12 points apiece.

Vaygan dropped 18 points and two assists for the Tamaraws but just didn’t get the much needed help offensively.

With the win, Navotas improved to a 4-10 win-loss record ahead of their October 14 clash against the Quezon City Capitals. Mindoro, meanwhile, got their third consecutive defeat and fell to 6-10 days before their October 7 game against the Imus Kaleb Shawarma.

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