Concepcion Archie Concepcion shines for the Pampanga Giant Lanterns.

Reyson, Concepcion sizzle as Pampanga drubs Bulacan in MPBL

June 24, 2024 People's Tonight 341 views

DEFENDING champion Pampanga flaunted depth and firepower as the Giant Lanterns battered the Bulacan Kuyas, 124-81, on Saturday in the MPBL (Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League) Sixth Season at the Calasiao Sports Complex in Pangasinan.

With seven Giant Lanterns piling twin digits, Pampanga zoomed beyond reach, 118-72, and posted its 13th straight win after an initial loss in the round-robin elimination phase of the 29-team tournament.

Kurt Spencer Reyson submitted a triple-double of 15 points, 12 rebounds and 11 assists to go with four steals, but it was his fellow Giant Lantern Archie Concepcion who earned best player honors after barely missing a triple-double with 19 points, 13 rebounds and nine assists.

Other Giant Lanterns who shone were Jeff Viernes with 18 points, seven rebounds and three steals, homegrown Ronan Santos with 15 points and six rebounds, Jhaymo Eguilos with 10 points, five rebounds, two assists, plus two blocks, and Lervin Flores with 10 points, nine rebounds and four assists.

Although the Giant Lanterns missed the services of 6-foot-8 Justine Baltazar and 6-6 Allen Bryant Liwag, they still dominated the boards, 67-41, and expectedly outscored the Kuyas inside the paint, 64-28.

With Reyson hitting 5 of 9 attempts and Concepcion making 3 of 5, the Giant Lanterns shot an impressive 14 of 27 (51.9 percent) from the 3-point zone.

Bulacan, which dropped to 2-12, got 19 points, 4 rebounds, 2 assists and 2 steals from Jason Celis, 17 points and 4 rebounds from Jan Baltazar, 10 points, 5 rebounds, plus 3 assists from Eric James Jabel, and 9 points plus 11 rebounds from John Cayno Carandang.

In other games, Quezon City nipped Pangasinan, 78-74, and Nueva Ecija routed Bataan, 85-70.,

The Capitals met stiff resistance before beatign the Heatwaves and raising their record to 7-7.

John Paul Cauilan canned a triple with 9.5 seconds left to give Quezon City back the lead, 74-72.

Pangasinan’s inbound error paved the way for Rafael Are’s split two charities and two more free throws as Rhinwill Yambing snagged the offensive rebound off Are’s missed second charity with 3.4 ticks left.

Paul Garcia paced Quezon with 22 points and two steals, followed by Yambing with 19 points, nine rebounds, plus three steals, and Chino Mosqueda with 11 points, eight assists and seven rebounds.

Pangasinan, which fell to 5-9, got 18 points plus 4 assists from Hesed Gabo, 12 points plus three rebounds from Allen Mina, whose free throw pushed the Heatwaves ahead, 74-72, with only 14 seconds to go.

The MPBL returns to the Batangas City Coliseum on Monday with Pasay battling Manila at 4 p.m., Davao against Abra at 6 p.m. and Valenzuela against Batangas at 8 p.m.