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Batino, Villarias connive vs GenSan as 1Bataan books ticket to MPBL North playoffs



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BALANGA — 1Bataan-Camaya Coast edged out GenSan-Burlington, 74-66, to punch their ticket in the 2019-20 Chooks-to-Go/MPBL Lakan Season, Friday at the Bataan People’s Center here.

With the scores locked at 64-all, Reed Juntilla scored off a lay-up and a jumper, respectively, to spark an 8-2 run, giving Bataan a 72-66 advantage with 38.7 seconds remaining.

GenSan’s Al Carlos and Robby Celiz then missed consecutive attempts from the three-point line. Achie Iñigo later iced the game with a lay-up, with five ticks left on the clock.

“‘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.

Alfred Batino tallied 20 points and nine rebounds to push Bataan’s standing to 19-9, good for the fourth spot of the North Division.

Byron Villarias provided 13 points, 13 rebounds, and six assists. Meanwhile, Iñigo and Martin Gozum chipped in 12 and 10 points, respectively, for the Camaya Coast-backed squad.

On the other hand, Christopher Masaglang posted 16 points, four rebounds, and three assists for GenSan. Juju Bautista added 10 markers and four boards in a losing cause.

GenSan slipped to the fourth spot of the South Division with a 16-10 win-loss slate.

The Scores:

1Bataan-Camaya Coast (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-Burlington (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

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Quarterscores: 12-20, 30-32, 44-44, 74-66

Story by Jonash Dannug
Photo by Nicks Hernandez