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Pasay outlasts QC at home

by Jim Lemuel Wilson, October 03, 2019 11:38pm

The Pasay City Voyagers escaped with a 92-89 victory over the Quezon City Capitals-WEMSAP on Thursday in the Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League Lakan Cup at the Cuneta Astrodome.

The Voyagers were ahead 84-79 with 3:54 left on the clock when Dahrrel Caranguian nailed a three-pointer to pull the Capitals to within three points, 81-84, with 3:08 still to go. Jaypee Belencion and Dhon Reverente then missed their respective attempts for Pasay before Caranguian split his free throws to make it a two-point game, 82-84, with 2:17 left.

Axel Iñigo and Mark Carongoy then exchanged misses before Reverente located Belencion for a wide-open three-point basket from the left corner. Joco Tayongton then got the ball for QC and walked into a three-pointer to keep QC within two points, 85-87, with 1:18 left.

Belencion then located Elmar Moradas for a right corner triple, but Caranguian responded with a three-ball of his own for the Capitals, leaving 59 seconds on the clock and QC behind by two, 88-90.

Iñigo then missed a three-point try, and Caranguian had a chance to tie the game as he was fouled. Caranguian made the first free throw, but missed the second. Moradas then shot a three-pointer for Pasay and missed, but Ilagan got the offensive board with 24.5 seconds left.

Belencion then missed another attempt for Pasay, but Reverente grabbed the offensive board anew with just 8.8 seconds left. Iñigo then extended Pasay’s lead to three, 92-89, with a pair of free throws. Aaron Black had one last chance to send the game to overtime, but he missed on a three-point try on the left sideline.

Belencion dropped 22 points, seven rebounds, and one assist while Iñigo had 22 points, four boards, five dimes, and two steals for Pasay. Reverente tallied 18 points, 20 boards, three dimes, and one block; Moradas had 13 markers, four rebounds, three assists, and two steals; and Ilagan added 10 markers, 12 boards, three dimes, and one rejection.

Caranguian had 20 points, five rebounds, five assists, and one steal for QC while Clark Derige added 18 points, seven boards, and one dime. Carongoy also had 11 points and six rebounds.

With the win, Pasay now holds an 11-6 win-loss record while QC has a 6-10 card. The Voyagers will look to start another winning streak when they face the Markinia Shoemasters on October 14 while QC will hope to end their three-game slide when they take on the Parañaque Patriots on October 9.

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