Capitals, Cagers withdraw their rivals
Roy Luarca (philstar.com) – November 6, 2018 – 11:41
MANILA, Philippines – The capital cities of Quezon gathered in the warm hands of Andrew Estrella to defeat Caloocan Supremos, 81-79, and returned to the track at the Dakar Basketball Cup Maharlik Pilipinas at the Caloocan Sports Complex.
In the last three minutes, Estrella picked up eight simple points to influence the capital of the Capital in a competition that brought 12 major changes.
Former Cardinal Mapua scored 20 points, then Jay Collado from 17 and Jeff Morillo with 10 points, for the Capital, who made three slides and improved the score on 3-7.
Supremos had a chance to turn the game, but the attack of Paul Sangi's 3-pointer from the deep corner only hit the board.
Almond Vosotros, the league's top scorer, again led Longrich Caloocan with 21 points and 11 rebounds, but could not have jumped from Supremos' ninth loss against four wins.
Mombert Arong scored 12 points, and Rene Pacquiao, cousin of the founder of MPBL Sen. Manny Pacquiao, he brought 11 points and 16 rebounds for Supremos.
Earlier, Muntinlupa Cagers flirted with the catastrophe, then pulled 61-60 Tibia from General Santos City Warriors.
Allan Mangahas, striking during the crisis, made a short floater of 3.5 seconds in a marginal basket that elevated Cagers with Angelis Resort to 9-3.
Warriors, who gave two chances to turn around, fell to 5-7.
With Dhon Reverente and Regie Boy Basibas at the helm, the Cagers collected 12 points to jump forward after returning the warriors by as much as nine points, 32-41.
Reverente drew with 13 points and 10 rebounds, while Basibas finished with 14 points and nine rebounds, when they dealt with getting Mangahas batons, which only held seven points, and Chito Jayme, who settled eight points.
The Warriors received 19 points and 12 rebounds from John Orbeta.
MPVL visits Valenzuela Astrodome on Tuesday with pitilla Manila against Paranaque and Valenzuela against Bacoor.