Batangas outlasts Zamboanga in OT

The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines — Batangas City met stiff resistance from Zamboanga before prevailing, 87-83, in overtime last Monday and stretching its unbeaten run to 10 in the OKbet-MPBL (Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League) 4th Season at the Batangas City Coliseum.

The Batangas City Embassy Chill rode the torrid scoring of Levi Hernandez in regulation play then leaned on Juneric Baloria and Cedric Ablaza in extra time.

Hernandez poured a career-high 36 points as Batangas rallied from an early 19-point deficit and led at the homestretch, 72-69, before Zamboanga Family’s Brand Sardines’ Jaycee Marcelino scored a field goal and Adrian Santos split two charities to forge the extension.

With Hernandez hobbled by cramps, Ablaza and Baloria picked up the slack and fired five points each to frustrate Zamboanga, which suffered its second straight defeat and tumbled to 8-2 behind Batangas in the South division.

Scoreless in the first half, Ablaza finished with 14 points and a game-high 21 rebounds.

Zamboanga got 26 points from Jaycee Marcelino and 12 points from Japz Bautista, including seven in overtime.

Earlier games saw Pasig edge Marikina, 81-79, and San Juan Go for Gold trounce Makati, 95-85.

Pasig drew 21 points each from Jun Manzo and Rey Anthony Peralta, 12 points from Robbie Manalang and 10 points plus 14 rebounds from Jason Melano to climb to 6-3 in the North division.

Marikina skidded to 2-8 despite the 25-point, 11-rebound effort of Yves Sazon.


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