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Bacoor Strikers spoil Williams’ GenSan return, inch closer to MPBL North top spot



Tiebreaker Times Bacoor Strikers spoil Williams' GenSan return, inch closer to MPBL North top spot Basketball MPBL News  RJ Ramirez Mikey Williams Michael Mabulac Michael Canete John Orbeta General Santos City Warriors Gab Banal Chris Gavina Bacoor Strikers 2019-20 MPBL Lakan Cup

BACOOR, CAVITE — Bacoor City pummeled GenSan-Burlington, 87-75, for its seventh-straight win in the 2019-20 Chooks-to-Go MPBL Lakan Season, Monday at the Strike Gym.

Michael Mabulac dropped a double-double of 17 points and 10 rebounds as Bacoor rose to 22-5 for second in the South — lurking behind first-place Davao Occidental at 21-4.

Bacoor led by as much as 13 points in the first half, before GenSan stormed right back in the third frame.

Cristopher Masaglang’s jumper early in the fourth frame put Gensan within one, 60-61. It was all Bacoor after that, though, with Mabulac, Ramirez, and Oping Sumalinog conspiring on a 14-2 blast to restore order with 5:07 left, 75-62.

“We went to a zone defense when GenSan caught up. We slowed down Pamboy (Ramundo) and Mikey (Williams), and we made the plays that we needed to make to get the win,” said Bacoor coach Chris Gavina.

Michael Cañete also had a double-double of his own for the Strikers with 11 markers and 10 boards. RJ Ramirez chipped in 11 points and three steals.

Meanwhile, Strikers star Gab Banal just missed a triple-double with 10 points, 11 assists, and seven rebounds.

In his first game back since September 13, 2019, Williams uncorked 17 points, all in the second half for the Warriors.

John Orbeta had 14 markers, while Robby Celiz chalked up 11 points and nine rebounds.

GenSan remain in the fourth spot of the same Southern division behind a 16-9 record.

The Scores:

Bacoor City 87 – Mabulac 17, Cañete 11, Ramirez 11, Banal 10, Montuano 9, Pangilinan 8, Aquino 7, Sumalinog 6, Melencio 5, Demusis 3, Acuña 0, Ochea 0.

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GenSan-Burlington 75 – Williams 17, Orbeta 14, Celiz 11, Raymundo 10, Masaglang 10, Goloran 6, Mahaling 4, Landicho 3, Basco 0, Baltazar 0, Grospe 0, Cinco 0.

Quarterscores: 16-18, 38-25, 57-54, 87-75.

Story by Justin Valencia
Photo by Thel Suliva