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Basilan rips Iloilo to take 1-0 Quarterfinals lead

by Niel Victor Masoy, February 19, 2020 9:40pm

Basilan topped Iloilo, 83-68, to draw first blood in the Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League Lakan Cup South Quarterfinals on Wednesday at the Strike Gym in Bacoor.

Japs Bautista led Basilan with 21 points on eight-of-10 shooting and three rebounds, while Hesed Gabo backstopped him with 10 points, five rebounds, and five assists.

Dennis Daa chipped in 10 markers, two boards, and two dimes in the win.

"Actually maganda yung first quarter namin, nakauna kami ng 12-0. So, I just told the team to play 40 minutes kasi sure na babalik si Iloilo. We just need to weather the storm," said Steel coach Jerson Cabiltes post-game.

Indeed, the Steel jumped on the United Royals with a 12-0 start and led the latter by just that, 22-10 after the first quarter.

Iloilo did just enough in the middle quarters to stay within striking distance, 61-53, heading into the final canto.

However, Basilan put up a 14-2 run capped by a Gab Dagangon layup to take a 20-point, 75-55 spread to practically put the game away with 4:57 left in regulation.

Jasper Parker paced the United Royals, putting up 11 points and three assists 

Ryan Arambulo provided support of 10 points and three rebounds as Richard Escoto produced eight points, five boards, and two steals.

The Steel can finish the best-of-three series in Game Two on Monday, February 24 at their home turf - the Basilan City Gymnasium.

The scores:

Basilan 83 - Bautista 21, Gabo 10, Daa 10, Dagangon 9, Balucanag 8, Collado 7, Uyloan 6, Dumapig 4, Palencia 4, Manalang 2, Hallare 2, Trinidad 0, Bringas 0.

Iloilo 68 - Parker 11, Arambulo 10, Escoto 8, Sierra 7, Prado 6, Publico 5, Gumaru 5, Jeruta 5, Golla 3, Javelosa 3, Jaboneta 3, Mahari 2, Pedrosa 0, Li 0, Rodriguez 0.

Quarters: 22-10, 42-36, 61-53, 83-68.

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