Connect with us

Hi, what are you looking for?

Tiebreaker Times


Collado, Gabo connive as Basilan Steel give Bicol rude MPBL welcome

Coming off a 7-18 campaign in the 2018-19 MPBL Datu Cup, the new-look Basilan Steel opened their Lakan Cup campaign on a high note, staving off the debuting Bicol Volcanoes, 94-83, Wednesday evening at the SM Mall of Asia Arena.

However, it wasn’t the start that Basilan head coach Jerson Cabiltes expected from the reloaded Steel.

“Not to say na disappointed. A win’s a win, pero kelangan ma-sustain namin yung effort namin first to fourth quarter. We’re gonna get better from this,” he said.

Up by as much as 16 points in the third frame, 58-42, Basilan allowed the duo of Alex Nuyles and Alwin Alday to cut the lead to just four entering the final frame. The run included a 16-2 spurt the sliced the lead to two.

“It was a game of runs. Sila yung talagang mas gusto nung third quarter, pero sa timeout, sinabi ko lang sa kanila na ibalik yung laban nila,” Cabiltes continued.

Behind Gab Dagangon, Basilan went on a 10-2 run late to gain a 12-point cushion with 2:31 left.

Dagangon finished with 15 points.

Leo Gabo and Jessie Collado put the finishing touches in the contest.

Collado and Gabo, who played for the QC Capitals in the Datu Cup, finished with 16 and 13 points respectively with the former grabbing 10 boards as well.

“In terms of chemistry, binibigyan ko lang ng recognition yung tiwala na binibigay ni coach. Siguro, yung chemistry, nagsimula rin sa amin,” Gabo said about his partnership with Collado.

“Siguro, sa chemistry, yung mga kasama namin, matagal na naming kilala ko alam din namin kung pano sila sa game,” Collado added.

#ReadMore  Manila thrashes Batangas City, Gen San gives Rich Alvarez rousing coaching debut

Alday, a former Capital as well, led Bicol with 23 points while Nuyles added 22 points. Ronjay Buenafe finished with a double-double with 15 points and 11 boards.

The Scores:

Basilan 94 –– Collado 16, Dagangon 15, Gabo 13, Dumapig 13, Bautista 8, Palencia 8, Hallare 6, Bringas 5, Daa 4, Alanes 3, Sorela 2, Balucanag 1, Ng 0, Trinidad 0.

Bicol 83 — Alday 23, Nuyles 22, Buenafe 15, Lalata 7, Milagrosa 6, Mondragon 5, Guerrero 0, Ongteco 2, Gusi 2, Alfonso 1, Manalang 0, Gandol 0, Garcia 0.

Quarterscores: 25-22, 55-42, 69-65, 94-83.

Written By

Tiebreaker Times Logo

You May Also Like


Davao Occidental signed nine players for their upcoming campaign in the 2021 Chooks-to-Go MPBL Mumbaki Cup, Monday evening. Leading the players inked by the...


Gerald Anderson is set to play in the Mindanao Leg of the 2021 Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas VisMin Super Cup.  A team backed by Brew Authoritea...


Five players have opted to keep their eligibility in the Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League, leaving the Alcantara bubble of the Pilipinas VisMin Super Cup,...


Basilan opened its new chapter by announcing a quartet of pick-ups, headlined by Michael Mabulac and Jhong Baloria. Also added by the squad are...


After three years in the Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League, Basilan-Jumbo Plastic has decided to turn professional.  Basilan will now move to the Vis-Min Super...


Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League commissioner Kenneth Duremdes called Basilan-Jumbo Plastic’s efforts to discredit the league through social media uncalled for even as he justified...


Basilan Mayor Julz Hataman broke his silence regarding the issues involving the Steel and the Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League. And Hataman is demanding that...


Nine members of the Basilan Steel have been in the Subic Bay Peninsular Hotel for the last 12 days. With it, the expense of...