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Robbie Manalang protects Pasig’s homecourt, Bicol racks up third straight win



Tiebreaker Times Robbie Manalang protects Pasig's homecourt, Bicol racks up third straight win Basketball MPBL News  Travis Thompson Ronjay Buenafe Robbie Manalang Reil Cervantes Pasig-Sta. Lucia Realtors Pasay Voyagers Pampanga Giant Green Lanterns Michael Parala Mark Cruz Marikina Shoemasters Levi Hernandez JR Ongteco Josan Nimes Jerome Garcia Jeric Teng Dhon Reverente Chris Calaguio Biñan City-Krah Heroes Bicol Volcanoes Axel Inigo 2019-20 MPBL Lakan Cup
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Robbie Manalang did not allow the Pasig-Sta. Lucia Realtors to suffer another home defeat, taking charge late to guide his squad to a 71-68 win over the Pasay Voyagers, Saturday evening.

Manalang, a product of Adamson University, dropped 10 of his 16 points in the final frame — including the game-sealing triple with 27 ticks left to seal off Pasay and give Pasig a 70-66 edge.

Besides Manalang, Jeric Teng played a huge part in Pasig’s second win in four games in the 2019-20 Lakan Cup, finishing with 16 points as well to go along with 11 rebounds and two steals.

Josan Nimes added 15 points off the bench.

Pasay, who fell to 3-3, was led by Dhon Reverente’s 19-point, 15-rebound outing. Axel Inigo added 14 points as Jan Jamon struggled from the field, finishing with just eight points on 4-of-9 shooting.

Earlier in the day at the Pasig Sports Complex, the Pampanga Giant Green Lanterns and the Bicol Volcanoes scored huge wins as well.

Pampanga rose to 3-2 after handing the now-0-6 Marikina Shoemasters a 96-69 beatdown.

The Giant Green Lanterns saw all but one of its players score as Pampanga would lead by much as 31 points in this one.

Levi Hernandez led all scorers with 17 points while Travis Thompson added 14 points.

Ex-pros Reil Cervantes and Mark Cruz chipped in 11 and 10 markers respectively with the latter also dishing out seven dimes.

Chris Calaguio was the sole bright spot for the Shoemasters, scoring 17 points on 5-of-9 shooting in just 12 minutes of action.

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Ronjay Buenafe, on the other hand, gave the Bicol Volcanoes their third straight win after an 80-75 win over the struggling Binan City Heroes.

Buenafe scattered 20 points, eight rebounds, four assists, and three steals for the 4-2 Volcanoes. And he proved pivotal late, knocking down two triples that broke the Heroes’ upset bid.

JR Ongteco and Jerome Garcia had 12 markers each while Alex Nuyles added 11 points.

Michael Parala’s 21-point, eight-rebound game went for naught as Binan City fell to 2-4.

The Scores:

First Game:

Bicol 80 – Buenafe 20, Ongteco 12, Garcia 12, Nuyles 11, Alday 7, Lalata 6, Gusi 5, Gandol 3, Aldave 2, Mondragon 2, Lao 0, Guerrero 0, Milagros 0.

Binan City 75 – Parala 21, Pontejos 11, Mangahas A. 10, Mangahas J. 8, Bautista 5, Adolfo 4, Neypes 4, Acosta 3, Pantonia 2, Stevens 0, Castanares 0.

Quarterscores: 20-12, 34-32, 50-54, 80-75.

Second Game:

Pampanga 95 – Hernandez 17, Thompson 14, Cruz 11, Cervantes 10, Fabian 9, Binuya 8, Maiquez 5, Alberto 5, Juico 4, Apreku 4, Baltazar 3, Acuno 2, Gomez 2, Enriquez 1, Salcedo 0.

Marikina 69 – Calaguio 17, Tambeling 10, Espanola 9, Dysam 9, Rebugio 6, Pascual 4, Sazon 4, Dela Pena 3, Gonzales 3, Tilos 3, Padua 1, Caldozo 0, Salvador 0, Mendoza 0.

Quarterscores: 22-13, 42-37, 70-49, 95-69.

Third Game:

Pasig 71 – Teng 16, Manalang 16, Nimes 15, Belasco 6, Mendoza 5, Adriano 5, Ballon 4, Serrano 2, Tamayo 0, Bartolome 0.

Pasay 68 – Reverente 19, Inigo 14, Jamon 8, Pasia 6, Ilagan 5, Lastimosa 5, Chan 4, Belencion 4, Opiso 2, Moradas 1, Vitug 0, Bulawan 0.

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Quarterscores: 27-13, 41-24, 51-45, 71-68.

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