PAGADIAN, ZAMBOANGA DEL SUR — Petra Cement-Roxas took down Kapatagan, 93-65, to collect its fifth win in a row in the 2021 Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas VisMin Super Cup, Monday at the Pagadian City Gymnasium here.
The Vanguards overtook the 5-3 Pagadian for third with a 5-2 win-loss record. They will be armed with a twice-to-beat advantage come the quarterfinals.
Already ahead by 11, Roxas closed the third period on a 12-4 rally, capped by Leo Najorda’s free throw, to build a commanding 19-point lead heading into the fourth frame, 73-54.
Raj Elmejrab’s layup concluded a 12-0 blast by the Vanguards to put them ahead by 29, 89-60, late in the fourth.
“Sobrang laking advantage na isa kami sa makakuha ng twice-to-beat kasi sunod-sunod ang laro so malaking factor ‘yun kasi kapag manalo ka ng isa, makakapagpahinga ka,” said Roxas head coach Eddie Laure, who bared veteran Chito Jaime will not be with the team anymore as he was called up by Rain or Shine 3×3.
“Si Chito (Jaime) kinuha ng Rain or Shine 3×3. Kami naman kapag may mga ganoon, hindi namin pinipigilan na umalis kasi kaya nga tayo naglalaro dito, binibigyan namin ng opportunity ‘yung players para may kumuha sa kanila na ibang team,” bared Laure, who now expects Leo Najorda, Jhong Bondoc, and homegrown Jordan Intic to fill the gap left by Jaime.
JK Casiño played his best offensive game for Roxas with 19 points, 16 in the first half, to go with five assists and four rebounds.
Jhong Bondoc fired 16 points, seven rebounds, and five assists in 20 minutes, while Francis Camacho nailed 15 points.
Ryan Costelo was the lone bright spot for the Buffalo Braves with 15 points on 6-of-8 shooting from the field.
Renz Palma went scoreless in the second half, finishing with 12 points on 14 shots as Kapatagan slipped to the bottom of the standings at 2-6.
The Vanguards will play the continuation of their game against Basilan tomorrow, 4:00 PM. The match was stopped due to unplayable court at the 9:15 mark of the third quarter with Roxas ahead, 40-39.
Roxas 93 – Casino 19, Bondoc 16, Camacho 15, Castro 9, Najorda 9, Elmejrab 6, Deles 6, Reyes 4, Templo 3, Velasco 2, Rifarial 2, Pasia 2, Sta. Ana 0, Intic 0.
Kapatagan 65 – Costelo 15, Palma 12, Inigo 9, Doroteo 7, Monte 7, Astrero 4, Mandreza 4, Ng Sang 2, Alanes 2, Teodoro 2, Acain 1, Siarot 0.
Quarterscores: 33-23, 55-44, 73-54, 93-65.