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Bataan overcomes Bicol for third straight win
by Niel Victor Masoy, January 15, 2020 11:50pm
Bataan overcame the visiting Bicol squad, 76-72, to notch its third straight win on Wednesday night in the Chooks-to-Go Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League (MPBL) Lakan Cup at the Bataan’s People Center.
The Risers engaged the Volcanoes for the most part, but managed to go on a 6-0 spurt capped by an Alfred Batino layup that gave them an eight-point, 70-62 lead at the 5:04 mark of the fourth quarter.
Not to be outdone, Bicol got within two points, 72-74, following a 10-4 run punctuated by the three-point play completion of Ronjay Buenafe with 26.7 seconds left.
Alejandro Inigo and Batino then split their charities to give Bataan more breathing room, 76-72, at the 15.7-second mark.
The Volcanoes tried to mount one last comeback, but Ronjay Buenafe missed his three-pointer on the ensuing play and after getting the offensive board off his own missed shot, the ex-Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) player turned the ball over as Gino Jumao-as stole the ball and the Risers clinched the victory.
Batino led Bataan with a double-double of 18 points and 13 rebounds on top of two assists.
Ex-pro Chito Jaime backstopped him by putting up 10 markers, five boards, and four dimes, while James Castro produced 10 points, six caroms, and three assists.
Also ex-PBA player Byron Villarias chipped in 10 points, four assists, and two rebounds in the win that hiked the Risers’ record to a 17-9 win-loss card, good for the fifth spot in the North Division team standings and half a game behind the fourth-seed Bulacan Kuyas, who have a 17-8 slate.
Hafer Mondragon paced Bicol by turning in a double-double of 16 points and 10 rebounds plus three assists for good measure.
Buenafe provided support of 14 markers, six rebounds, four assists, and two steals as Alwyn Alday chipped in 12 points and six dimes in the loss.
The Volcanoes suffered their second straight loss and dropped to a 13-13 record, but remain at the eight spot in the South.
Bataan 76 – Batino 18, Jaime 10, Villarias 10, Castro 10, Jumao-as 8, Inigo 7, Juntilla 6, Gallardo 6, Gozum 1, Cudal 0, Llanto 0.
Bicol 72 – Mondragon 16, Buenafe 14, Alday 12, Garcia 8, Guerrero 7, Lalata 7, Aldave 5, Gusi 3, Alfonso 0, Manalang 0.
Quarters: 23-22, 28-32, 58-55, 76-72.
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