PAGADIAN, ZAMBOANGA DEL SUR—Basilan BRT arrested its six-game funk at the expense of BYB Kapatagan, 65-63, in the Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas VisMin Super Cup Mindanao Challenge, Tuesday at the Pagadian City Gymnasium here.
Trailing by 15 points after Darwin Lunor’s layup, the Buffalos went on an astounding 14-0 storm. That sliced the gap to just a point, 61-62 with 1:05 remaining in the game.
That was six minutes of basketball without scoring a single point for the Peace Riders.
But Jorem Morada ended that drought with an and-one with 43.8 ticks left to extend Basilan’s lead to four, 65-61.
Richard Kwong made a layup with 11.6 seconds to go, 63-65, but the Peace Riders ran away with the win. Additionally, Kapatagan’s multiple fouls to give worked for the other side.
“Very thankful ako kasi matagal na namin hinahangan ito,” said Basilan head coach Ron Jalmanzar. “Noong fourth quarter medyo kinabahan pero naka-survive naman.”
The Peace Riders improved to 4-6, still at sixth place. They also pulled the Buffalos to 6-4, tied with Zamboanga Sibugay at second.
Homegrown player Jayvee Ansaldo led Basilan with 15 points, six rebounds, one steal, and one block.
Darwin Lunor had his best game this conference with 14 points and seven rebounds, while Nikko Panganiban added 11 points.
Jonel Bonganciso had 13 points and 10 rebounds for Kapatagan, while Edrian Lao chipped in 12 points and 10 rebounds.
Kwong chalked up 11 points, five rebounds, and four assists.
The Buffalos will next battle Globalport-MisOr tomorrow at 6:30 PM. Meanwhile, the Peace Riders will face the skidding Roxas on Thursday, 4:00 PM.
Basilan 65 – Ansaldo 15, Lunor 14, Panganiban 11, Morada 9, Daa 6, Salim 5, Julkipli 2, Luciano 2, Ferrer 1, Sallidin 0, Solis 0, Soliva 0, Bulac 0.
Kapatagan 63 – Bonganciso 13, Lao 12, Kwong 11, Rodriguez 7, Sollano 5, Manalo 5, Ariar 4, Puerto 2, Daanoy 2, Saga 2, Regero 0.
Quarterscores: 20-17, 42-25, 55-41, 65-63.