Gilas Defenders, Pañeros, Spartans go 2-0 in IBP caging
(The Freeman) - July 11, 2019 - 12:00am

CEBU, Philippines — The defending champion Gilas Defenders together with the Pañeros and the Spartans coasted to their second straight wins in the Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP)-Cebu 2019 Basketball League First Conference powered by Tough Gear Sportswear at the Capitol Parish gym along Escario Street, Cebu City.

Van Ligutan dropped 20 points and Christopher Ang added 17 as the Gilas Defenders gunned down the Rebels, 78-69, Benedict Salizon and Barrytone Busi connived for 31 points to power the Pañeros past the 1Cebu Lex Idols, 67-59, while Redemtor Regis scattered 21 points to lead the Spartans to a heart-pounding 86-84 win over the Aniceta Red Vipers.

Rowell Juban chipped in 14 markers for the Gilas Defenders, who used a devastating 32-12 attack in the third period to vanquish the Rebels.

Like the Gilas Defenders, the Pañeros also used a sizzling third-quarter run, 19-9, to outlast the Lex Idols and stay unbeaten in two stars.

Franklin Manching and Jesse Capoy were the other bright spots for the Pañeros eith 23 combined points.

On the other hand, four other players cracked double figures to help the Spartans pull off a two-point squeaker over the equally-tough Vipers.

Nate Garcia and Matt Medalle tallied 29 points in between them, Andrew Entera scored 12 while Charles Divinagracia added 11 points underscoring the Spartans well-spread offensive.

In the other game of a featured quadruple-header, Reiner Apolinario paced five cagers in doubled figures with 21 points as the Dissenters Bad Boys clobbered YLAC, 89-61, to barge into the win column.

Angelito Ortiz banged in 19 points, Ferdie Riveral tallied 16, while Dax Montealegre and Ivan Gamallo connived for 21 points for the Bad Boys. - EBV

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