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Roxas heats up late vs Iligan, evens slate in VisMin


PAGADIAN, ZAMBOANGA DEL SUR—Roxas toppled Iligan, 89-79, Friday in the Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas VisMin Super Cup Mindanao Challenge at the Pagadian City Gymnasium here.

A three-pointer by Eugene Torres inched the Archangels to just four, 76-80, with 4:39 to go in the game.

However, Iligan struggled to put the ball in the basket when it mattered most. Instead, it went 1-of-10 in the remainder of the game.

Meanwhile, James Martinez, Marlon Monte, and Jon Valin all scored buckets for Roxas to seal the win.

“Pumutok si Cyrus Tabi saka si James Martinez sa labas. Naka-convert kami ng maraming three points,” said Vanguards head coach Alvin Grey, whose squad went 13-of-35 from deep.

Monte topscored for Roxas with 20 points to go with four assists and three rebounds. Meanwhile, Martinez and Tabi combined for 23 points.

Embons Bonleon had a breakout game of 17 points on 6-of-12 shooting. He also had three assists and two blocks.

The Vanguards hiked their record to 2-2, tied for third with Pagadian and Zamboanga Sibugay.

On the other hand, the Archangels absorbed their third-straight loss. They remain rock bottom behind a 1-4 card.

Torres buried five treys en route to 17 points for Iligan. Algeroh Benitez had 15 points, nine rebounds, and three blocks.

Arche Salo was stretchered out of the court after hitting his left knee, which then bled, on a wooden platform at the table officials’ area in the fourth frame.

Iligan seeks a bounce-back win when it plays against Zamboanga Sibugay tomorrow, 6:30 PM. Meanwhile, Roxas faces Basilan on Sunday at 6:30 PM as well.

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The Scores:

Roxas 89 – Monte 20, Bonleon 17, Tabi 12, Martinez 11, Mabigat 10, Segura 8, Valin 6, Adante 3, Dela Cruz 2, Gimpayan 0, Abanto 0.

Iligan 79 – Torres 17, Benitez 15, Quinga 8, Cuyos 8, Salo 7, Villanueva 7, Tamayo 7, Rivera 4, Daguisonan 4, Bautista 2, Cruz 0, Dela Rea 0, Cecilio 0, Aparice 0.

Quarterscores: 33-23, 59-54, 75-71, 89-79.

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