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Robbie Manalang continues heater run as Pasig staves off Rizal


Pasig is now starting to build a winning run in the 2019-20 MPBL Lakan Cup.

The Sta. Lucia Realtors picked up their second straight win following a 78-72 victory over Rizal at the Pasig Sports Arena, Monday evening.

Robbie Manalang came away with another productive game, finishing with 18 points and two steals.

Unheralded Richard Velchez missed a rebound away from ending up in double-double, tallying 11 points and nine boards as he and Manalang steered the Realtors to their third win in five games.

Pasig moved up to the fifth spot of the Northern Division.

Three other Pasig players also wound up in double figures.

Argel Mendoza added 13 markers, Josan Nimes chipped in 11, and Jeric Teng contributed 10 for the Realtors, who also got a game-high 17 rebounds from Jeric Serrano.

JR Raflores tallied a double-double with 18 points and 11 rebounds for Rizal, who dropped to 1-4.

In the first game, Mindoro ran roughshod over Cebu, 94-73, for its second win in five games.

Rodel Vaygan finished with a career-high 30 points for the Tamaraws, who also drew 14 markers from ex-pro Mac Baracael and 10 points apiece from Sandy Ceñal and Kim Cinco.

The win was the first in his MPBL coaching career for team owner Justin Tan, whose team shackled Cebu’s top gun Patrick Cabahug to just six markers.

Mindoro also showed its activity in getting the boards, grabbing 49 rebounds, 13 more than its rival.

“We offered this game to the Mindoreños na gutom sa panalo lalo na against a south team in Cebu,” said Tan.

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Rhaffy Octobre paced Cebu, who fell to 3-4, with 18 points while William McAloney added 14 points and 14 rebounds.

The Scores:

First Game:

Mindoro 94 Vaygan 30, Baracael 14, Cenal 10, Cinco 10, Ilarde 9, Camacho 7, Natada 3, Asis 3, Osicos 2, Bangales 2, Mandreza 2, Matias 2, Brutas 0, Bolos 0, Astrero 0.

Cebu 73 – Octobre 18, McAloney 14, Cenita 12, Poligrates 9, Cabahug 6, Viloria 5, Villaver 5, Coronel 4, Nunez 0, Lee Yu 0, Galvez 0, Lao 0, Cortes 0, Pamulaklakin 0.

Quarterscores: 20-26, 47-40, 73-54, 94-73.

Second Game:

Pasig 78 – Manalang 18, Mendoza 13, Velchez 11, Nimes 11, Teng 10, Serrano 6, Tamayo 5, Adriano 4, Belasco 0, Ballon 0, Bartolome 0, Grealy 0.

Rizal 72 – Raflores 18, Benitez 13, Gregogrio 11, Vidal 9, Casajeros 6, Inigo 5, Regalado 3, Saliente 3, Leynes 2, Rios 2, Lacastesantos 0.

Quarterscores: 21-25, 44-41, 65-62, 78-72.

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