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PBA: Malonzo puts on a show as NorthPort wallops Terrafirma for back-to-back wins


Rookie Jamie Malonzo put on a show as NorthPort ripped apart Terrafirma, 104-84, for its second win in a row in the 2021 Honda PBA Philippine Cup, Saturday at the Don Honorio Ventura State University Gym in Bacolor, Pampanga.

The uber-athletic 6-foot-6 winger scored eight of his 14 points in the second quarter, all of which came from highlight-worthy slam dunks that strongly emphasized the Batang Pier’s 33-point explosion in the said period.

Two of his jams were part of a 14-2 blitz, which turned a narrow six-point lead to a wide 49-31 gap with 2:43 left. The game was never in doubt since as they kept their foot on the gas on the way to their third win of the tilt.

Malonzo had five dunks all in all in a performance that saw him shoot 7-of-11 from the floor and collect six rebounds, two steals, and an assist.

“We’re just dedicating our game sa mga coaches eh, and sa mga loved ones na naiwan sa Manila. Enjoy the games kasi nga dikit-dikit mga games,” offered interim head coach and team manager Bonnie Tan.

Garvo Lanete top-scored for NorthPort with 18 points on four triples. Robert Bolick, who was also key in that second quarter surge, finished with 15 points, eight assists, and six rebounds in another all-around outing.

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Sidney Onwubere chimed in 10 markers in the victory that saw the Batang Pier buck the ejection of Greg Slaughter, who was assessed with an F2 following a hard foul on Roosevelt Adams with 8:19 to go in the second.

“Malaking bagay kasi ang presence ni Greg sa shaded lane. We have a game plan naman pero without Greg, that’s a different game plan lalo na sa defense namin. I’m happy that they responded without Greg,” said Tan.

NorthPort improved to 3-3 and is currently sitting at seventh in the standings. It now has its sights set on the skidding NLEX (4-4) tomorrow at 7:00 p.m., with the aim of stretching the streak to three to cap off a grueling week.

“I told my boys na we’ll take all games one game at a time. Hindi pwedeng ano, kaysa mawala ang opportunity ngayon,” Tan said.

Adams, meanwhile, and Aldrech Ramos led the Dyip with 14 points apiece in the loss — their second straight after winning three in a row.

Terrafirma played without forward Andreas Cahilig. The 6-foot-3 forward hurt his left ankle in their last game versus Phoenix Super LPG.

The Scores:

NorthPort 104 – Lanete 18, Bolick 15, Malonzo 14, Onwubere 10, Elorde 9, Taha 8, Faundo 6, Rike 6, Ferrer 5, Anthony 4, Subido 3, Slaughter 2, Balanza 2, Grey 2, Doliguez 0.

Terrafirma 84 – Adams 14, Ramos 14, Batiller 11, Tiongson 9, Ganuelas-Rosser 9, McCarthy 8, Camson 7, Calvo 6, Gabayni 3, Laput 2, Celda 1.

Quarterscores: 22-12, 55-37, 82-64, 104-84.orward hurt his left ankle in their last game versus Phoenix Super LPG.

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