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Jeric Teng leads Pasig-Sta. Lucia past Navotas, to MPBL playoffs



Tiebreaker Times Jeric Teng leads Pasig-Sta. Lucia past Navotas, to MPBL playoffs Basketball MPBL News  Robbie Manalang Pasig-Sta. Lucia Realtors Osama Abdurasad Navotas Clutch-Unipak Mac Andaya Leo Najorda Josan Nimes Jhong Bondoc Jeric Teng Bong Dela Cruz Argel Mendoza 2019-20 MPBL Lakan Cup

BIÑAN, LAGUNA — Pasig-Sta. Lucia punched its playoffs ticket after scraping past Navotas Uni-Pak Sardines, 107-100, Saturday in the 2019-20 Chooks-to-Go MPBL Lakan Season at the Alonte Sports Arena here.

Jeric Teng posted 30 points, eight rebounds, four assists, two steals, and a block, leading the 17-11 Realtors to their first post-season appearance after finishing dead last in the Datu Cup.

“Every game we learn from our mistakes, so this time na-correct namin ‘yung mali namin last game na nagco-collapse ‘yung defense namin kapag fourth quarter,” said Pasig coach Bong Dela Cruz.

Josan Nimes added 22 points, while Argel Mendoza had 15 points built on four treys. Robbie Manalang got 15 of his own with eight dimes.

Down four midway through the first quarter, Pasig uncorked 15 unanswered points built on triples by Manalang, Teng, Nimes and Leo Najorda, to take an 11-point margin, 27-16.

Then down by 11, Navotas entered the fourth period with a 7-2 sprint to cut the deficit to six via Jhong Bondoc’s layup, 87-81. But the Realtors quickly answered back with a 12-4 blitz to restore a double-digit advantage at 14, 99-85.

Osama Abdurasad dropped 18 points, while Bondoc registered 17 markers and eight boards.

Navotas slid to 7-22 in the Northern division.

The Scores:

Pasig-Sta. Lucia 107 – Teng 30, Nimes 22, Mendoza 15, Manalang 15, Najorda 12, Gotladera 6, Tamayo 3, Velchez 2, Chavenia 2, Medina 0, Grealy 0, Canon 0.

Navotas Uni-pak Sardines 100 – Abdurasad 18, Bondoc 17, Andaya 13, Gonzales 13, Guillen 11, Cabahug 11, Evangelista 6, Melegrito 6, Prudente 3, Matillano 2, Vicencio 0, Soriano 0, Mamaclay 0, Bautista 0.

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Quarterscores: 27-18, 53-42, 85-74, 107-100.

Story by Justin Valencia
Photo by Thel Suliva