Caloocan continued its come-from-behind playoffs drive with a victory over Muntinlupa on Tuesday in the OKbet-MPBL (Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League) 4th Season Presented by Xtreme at the Muntinlupa Sports Complex. The game was part of the OKbet-MPBL (Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League) 4th Season Presented by Xtreme.
Caloocan Excellence raced to a 33-16 margin after their morale was boosted by an upset victory against the Batangas City Athletics on September 29. They were never headed to ascend to 6-13 in the elimination stage of the 22-team tournament. Caloocan Excellence’s morale was improved by the victory.
In the other games, sure qualifiers Zamboanga Family’s Brand Sardines and General Santos blasted lightweight opponents Mindoro (110-70) and Laguna (84-49), respectively. Both of these victories helped the teams advance to the next round.
Caloocan, which is backed by Victory Liner, is involved in a three-way battle with Marikina (6-13) and Manila for the eighth and last spot in the quarterfinals of the North Division. Caloocan has the support of Victory Liner (6-14).
Caloocan was led by Jomar Santos, who scored 16 points, followed by Reil Cervantes, who scored 14, James Martinez, who scored 12, and Damian Lasco, who scored 10 points.
Makati (1-18), an also-ran, and Sarangani, a guaranteed qualifier from the South Division, stand in the way of Caloocan’s advancement to the quarterfinals (13-5).
The loss dropped Muntinlupa’s record to 4-15, and they closed the gap between themselves and Imus (5-13) in the two-team competition for the final position in the South Division playoffs.
In order to defeat the Mindoro Tamaraws (1-18) and catch up to Batangas in the South Division standings at 16-3, Zamboanga relied on 16 points from Chris Dumapig and 15 from Jul-Ashri Ignacio, both of whom are natives of the province.
The nine-man Laguna Krah Asia Heroes were eliminated by the GenSan Warriors thanks to Niko Elorde, Christopher Masiglang, Marlon Gomez, and Christian Fajarito. With this victory, the GenSan Warriors improved their record in the South division to 14-6.
At the end of the game, Elorde finished with 14, Masiglang with 12, Gomez with 11, and Fajarito with 19.
On Thursday, the Mountain Pacific Baseball League will have another tripleheader at the Orion Sports Complex. Laguna tangles with Marikina at 5 p.m., followed by the Zamboanga-Pampanga clash at 7 p.m. and the Bataan-Mindoro accident at nine o’clock in the evening.
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