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Bataan seals playoffs spot with win over General Santos

by Niel Victor Masoy, January 25, 2020 12:29am

Bataan treated its home crowd with a win, beating General Santos, 74-66, on Friday night to seal its playoffs spot in the Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League Lakan Cup at the Bataan People's Center.

With the victory, the Risers rose to a 19-9 win-loss card, good for the fourth spot in the North Division team standings.

Ex-Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) player Byron Villarias starred anew for the Risers as he pumped in 13 points, 13 rebounds, six assists, and two blocks.

Alfred Batino provided the necessary support of 20 points and nine boards, while Achie Iñigo chipped in 12 markers, four rebounds, two assists, and two steals.

"Yung players ng GenSan came out really strong, they're a very good team, playoff team obviously. It was a good test or a good challenge for us," said Bataan head coach Jonas Villanueva.

The Risers turned the tide to their favor by unleashing an 8-2 spurt capped by a Batino layup that turned a 64-deadlock at the 2:50 mark of the fourth quarter into a six-point, 72-66 advantage with 38.7 seconds left in regulation.

Al Carlos and Robby Celiz tried to will General Santos back but they missed their respective three-point attempts in succession.

That led to Iñigo icing the win for Bataan by scoring on a layup at the 5.6-second mark.

Christopher Masaglang scattered 16 points, four rebounds, and three assists to pace General Santos as Juju Bautista backstopped him with 10 markers and four caroms.

General Santos dropped to a 16-10 record, good for the fourth spot in the South Division.


The scores:

Bataan 74 -- Batino 20, Villarias 13, Iñigo 12, Gozum 10, Juntilla 6, Llanto 5, Jaime 4, Jumao-as 2, Nalos 2, Castro 0, Gallardo 0.

General Santos 66 -- Masaglang 16, Bautista 10, Raymundo 9, Carlos 9, Goloran 6, Orbeta 5, Cabanag 3, Baltazar 3, Celiz 2, Basco 2, Cinco 1, Grospe 0, Mahaling 0, Landicho 0.

Quarters: 12-20, 30-32, 44-44, 74-66.

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