ALCANTARA — The MJAS Zenith-Talisay City Aquastars waxed hot from beyond the arc early, then finished strong to manhandle the Dumaguete Warriors, 92-72, in the 2021 Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas VisMin Super Cup on Wednesday night at the Civic Center here in Cebu.
This is MJAS’ third win in a row, giving them the solo lead in the standings.
Patrick Cabahug got the three-point party going early . He sank four triples in the first period alone to power MJAS to a 33-15 lead. He finished the game with six three-point makes, ending up with 24 points, three rebounds, two assists, and a steal.
Paulo Hubalde masterfully orchestrated the Aquastars en route to an 11-point, seven-rebound, nine-assist night. Tristan Albina, the former two-time CESAFI three-point champion, added 11 markers highlighted by three triples.
The Warriors still made their way back into the ballgame to trail by just six, 45-51, at the halfway mark of the third. But Hubalde, Egie Boy Mojica, Cabahug, and Allan Santos steadied the Aquastars with their heady plays. Together, they raised the lead to 22, 71-49, heading to the last period.
Jerick Nacpil and Mark Doligon led Dumaguete with 13 points each. However, the Warriors dropped to 0-3 in the tournament.
MJAS-Talisay will next face Siquijor tomorrow at 5:00PM. Meanwhile, Dumaguete takes on Tubigon Bohol at 8.
MJAS-Talisay (92)—Cabahug 24, Hubalde 11, Albina 11, Santos 9, Eguilos 9, Jamon 7, Ugsang 5, Mojica 5, Gimpayan 4, Mabigat 2, Alvarez 2, Cuyos 2, Villafranca 1, Dela Cerna 0, Menina 0.
Dumaguete (72)—Doligon 13, Nacpil 13, Regalado 11, Gabas 8, Velasquez 7, Mantilla 7, Roy 7, Monteclaro 3, Aguilar 2, Porlares 1, Gonzalgo 0, Ramirez 0.
Quarterscores: 33-15, 48-34, 71-49, 92-72