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Thursday, December 7, 2023

Pampanga, Batangas thwart rivals; Pasig wins

Pampanga and Batangas took similar routes in disposing of Rizal and Bataan, respectively, in the OKbet-MPBL (Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League) 4th Season Presented by Xtreme at the Bren Guiao Convention Center in San Fernando, Pampanga.

It was Alex Ramos’ turn to shine for the Pampanga Giant Lanterns Monday night.

The Pampanga Giant Lanterns blew a 15-point lead (83-68) in the last three minutes and settled for an 86-83 victory over the Bataan Risers in the nightcap of a triple-bill.

The Batangas City Athletics, also wasted a 15-point spread (66-51) in the last five minutes before subduing the Rizal Golden Coolers, 68-63, in the opener.

Pampanga, being mentored by Gov. Dennis Pineda, posted its seventh straight win and climbed to 11-4 in the single round-robin elimination phase of the 22-team tournament.

Batangas notched its fifth straight win and rose to 15-1 under Coach Cholo Villanueva.

Rizal, which trailed by as many as 29 points, tumbled to 10-6, while Bataan dropped to 8-7.

Pasig rode on a fourth-quarter spurt to trounce Valenzuela XUR Realty Homes Inc., 71-58, in the second game.
Rey Anthony Peralta presided over Pasig’s offense with 17 points, followed by Robbie Manalang with 14, Carlo Lastimosa with 11 and Aldeo Lucero with 10.

Enjoying a 4-game run, Pasig improved to 10-5 while pulling down Valenzuela to 7-9.

The Giant Lanterns were led by Alex Ramos with 17 points and 11 rebounds, followed by Archie Concepcion with 15 points and 4 rebounds, Jammer Jamito with 12 points and 6 rebounds ad Dominick Vera with 12 points.

Pint-sized guard Christopher Lagrama contributed 10 points, including two pivotal charities with 9.2 seconds left, 8 rebounds and 2 steals, while Michelle Maynes added 10 points for Pampanga’s cause.

Bataan got 24 points, 8 rebounds and 4 steals from James Darwin Castro and 19 points plus 9 rebounds from Arvie Bringas and 10 points from Gio Espuelas.

The MPBL visits the Nueva Ecija Coliseum in Palayan City on Tuesday with a triple-bill featuring Mindoro against San Juan at 5 p.m., Laguna against Imus at 7 p.m. and Manila against Nueva Ecija at 9 p.m.

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