Games Tomorrow (Bataan People’s Center)
7 p.m. – Muntinlupa vs Bulacan
9 p.m. – Caloocan vs Bataan
Quezon City and Batangas carved out a pair of solid victories on Saturday night to stay ahead of the pack in the 2018 Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League Anta Rajah Cup at the Imus Sports Complex.
Big man Jessie James Collado threw his full weight around the lane with 16 points and a league-high 19 rebounds on top of four blocks as the Capitals turned back erstwhile undefeated Navotas Clutch, 87-78.
Former Adamson stalwart Gian Abrigo did his fair share with 13 points, 10 rebounds, six assists and four steals while Peejay Barua and Mark Tayongtong combined for 25 points to help Quezon City stretch its flawless start to three matches.
Not to be outshone were the visiting Athletics, who seized control early on behind their unrelenting pressure on the way to a wire-to-wire 74-56 victory over the free-falling host Bandera.
Former pro Val Acuña had a team-high 16 points while veteran Lester Alvarez added 14 points, five assists, three rebounds and two steals for Batangas, which took a 19-9 lead at the end of the opening period.
Ian Melencio finished 23 points on an efficient 10-of-14 shooting from the field on top of six rebounds and two assists that all went down the drain as Imus failed to dug itself out of an early hole, leading to its third straight setback.
Guard JP Calvo provided the offensive punch off the bench with 28 points while Yves Sazon added 15 points in a losing cause for the Clutch, who dropped to 2-1 in a tie with three other teams.
Action resumes tomorrow at the Balanga People’s Center, with host Bataan Defenders out to break the ice in their 9 p.m. showdown with Caloocan Supremos.
Pre-season champion Bulacan Kuyas intend to stop a two-game bleeding while the Muntinlupa Cagers try to stretch their winning streak to three as they collide in the 7 p.m. opener. (Jerome Lagunzad)
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