QUEZON CITY – Jumbo Plastic Linoleum Giants continued their sizzling run in the Pilipinas Commercial Basketball League (PCBL) by flattening Santa Lucia Realty, 76-63, for their fifth win in a row Thursday (November 5) at the Jesus Christ Saves Global Outreach Gym. In the main game, the Cagayan Rising Suns sent shockwaves throughout the league by dealing Caida Tiles their first defeat via an 81-77 decision.
Nursing a one-point lead with six minutes left in the game, 61-60, Mark Lopez, Marcy Arellano and John Lopez stepped up as they ignited and sustained a crucial 13-0 run that gave the Giants an unassailable 74-61 cushion entering the final two minutes. The Realtors tried to fight back but poor free throw shooting down the stretch greatly affected their chances as they fell to their third loss in six outings.
Mark Lopez knocked in seven of his team-best 15 points in the fourth period on top of three assists. Jeff Alvin Viernes was next with 13 points.
Mac Montilla was the high man for the Realtors with 13 points, three rebounds and three assists. Wowie Escosio followed with 12 points and seven rebounds but was held scoreless in the final canto.
Caida ended their winning run at five games. Nicole Bangga was key player in the waning seconds as he sank free throws, grabbed rebounds while making a crucial defensive stop.
Bangga made the first free throw off the fifth and final foul of Billy Ray Robles with 17 ticks remaining to increase their lead, 80-77. He then missed the second attempt but was able to seize control the loose ball, drawing another foul and splitting his attempts for the final tally.
Not yet done, Bangga then blocked Jan Jamon’s attempt to preserve the win and move into a tie with the Realtors for third and fourth place at 3-3. Caida dropped to 5-1 in a share of the leadership with the Giants.
Back-to-back triples courtesy of Bong Managuelod and Stephen Siruma gave the Rising Suns the lead for good with still 3:40 to play, 72-69. Cagayan’s defense held strong with Mark Brana hitting a pivotal basket at the 28-second mark that raised their lead to four markers, 79-75.
Jiovani Jalalon returned to the active roster after sitting out the last two games but he could only muster two free throws but had six assists and three steals in a reserve capacity. The Rising Suns had a good start as Jai Flores hit three triples and CJ Isit added nine as they took the first period, 18-11.
“The important thing today is that the players followed the game plan which was to limit the scoring of Robles, Maiquez and Jalalon,” explained Coach Toto Dojillo. True enough, the said trio combined for a total output of 18.
Despite fouling out with 5:19 left in the fourth, Isit still paced Cagayan with 13 points, four rebounds and two assists. Brana was next with 12 points, six coming in the final period.
Ford Ruaya was the lone Tilemaster in twin digits with 17 points, seven in the third and 10 in the fourth period. Jordan Rios and Dexter Maiquez followed with nine markers each.
The PCBL will return to the San Juan Arena for a doubleheader on Friday (November 6). Euro-Med Laboratories will tangle with Foton Toplander at 4:00 PM followed by Supremo Lex Builders-OLFU against Kama Motors at 6:00 PM.
How They Scored:
JUMBO PLASTIC (76) – M. Lopez 15, Viernes 13, J. Lopez 9, Taganas 9, Martinez 8, Arellano 8, Mandani 5, Padilla 5, Eguilos 2, Alabanza 2, Acosta 0, Perez 0.
SANTA LUCIA (63) – Montilla 13, Escosio 12, Vidal 7, Celiz 7, Ilagan 6, Camasura 5, Bautista 5, Onwubere 3, Sarangay 3, Wetherell 1, Gabriel 1, Castanarez 0, Gabriel 0.
Period Scores: 12-12, 34-35, 53-50, 76-63.
CAGAYAN VALLEY (81) – Isit 13, Brana 12, Flores 11, Bangga 10, Siruma 9, Managuelod 9, Arce 6, Caranguian 4, Acidre 4, Salcedo 2, Doligon 1, Palma 0.
CAIDA TILES (77) – Ruaya 17, Maiquez 9, Rios 9, Gabawan 8, Robles 7, Hayes 6, Almario 5, Corpuz 4, Lozada 4, Terso 2, Jamon 2, Jalalon 2, Leynes 2.
Period Scores: 18-11, 39-35, 60-54, 81-77.