GenSan thwarts Caloocan

July 6, 2023 People's Tonight 361 views

GENSAN silenced Caloocan in the last minute to pull off a 95-90 victory and rev up its drive in the OKBet-MPBL (Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League) Fifth Season at the packed Sentrong Pangkabataan gymnasium in Calapan City.

Pasig kept in step by subduing Oriental Mindoro, 88-79, in the nightcap of the triple bill that heralded the league’s first foray into the MIMAROPA (Southwestern Tagalog) region administrative center and the Disiplinados’ first home game.

Caloocan bunched six points, four by Reil Cervantes to threaten at 90-92 still 1 minute and 8 seconds to go. The Batang Kankaloo failed to score after that, however, while the Warriors finished them off with a jumper by Jervy Cruz and a free throw by John Wilson, 95-90, with only nine ticks left.

Christian Fajarito led GenSan with 18 points, 11 rebounds and 2 blocks, followed by Cruz with 17 points and 4 rebounds.

Other Warriors who delivered to raise GenSan’s record to 12-4 were Mark Cruz with 13 points plus 5 assists and 3 rebounds, Larry Rodriguez with 12 points plus 4 rebounds, and homegrown Cristopher Masaglang with 11 points, 5 assists, 4 rebounds plus 2 steals.

Caloocan, which fell to 12-5, got 25 points, 7 assists and 3 rebounds from Jeramer Cabanag; 19 points, 6 rebounds plus 2 blocks from Gabby Espinas, 16 points plus 5 rebounds from Paul Sanga and 14 points plus 5 rebounds from Cervantes.

Powered by Ryan Paule Costelo’s 38 points, laced with 5 triples, Pasig City MCW Sports pulled away at 66-35 before coasting to its 12th win against 6 losses.

Kenny Roger Rocacurva supported Costelo with 12 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists.

Oriental Mindoro tumbled to 3-15 despite the 23-point effort of homegrown Rodel Vaygan and the 19-point output of Agem Miranda.

Marikina, with Marwin Dionisio providing the firepower and actor Gerald Anderson as main attraction, bested Paranaque, 95-89, in the opener.

Dionisio wound up with 26 points, including 5 triples, followed by Adzar Udjan with 19 points plus 9 rebounds and Joe Gomez de Liano with 15 points.

Anderson contributed 8 points in a 13-minute, 47-second stint for the Shoemasters, who climbed to 8-10.

Parañaque, which skidded to 6-11, got 17 points, 7 assists and 4 rebounds from Jielo Razon, 16 points from homegrown Paolo Castro, 12 points, 9 rebounds plus 4 steals from Jayboy Solis, and 12 pints plus 8 rebounds from Joshua Gallano.

Disiplinados team owner, Mayor Jennifer “Ina Alegre” Cruz of Pola hosted the province’s first pro basketball games ever.

Cruz welcomed the MPBL teams and later threw away Molten balls, assisted by MPBL Commissioner Kenneth Duremdes, to the big crowd.

Also present was Oriental Mindoro Gov. Bonz Dolor.