MPBL: Bacolod staves off defeat vs surging Basilan


Posted at Jan 11 2020 10:29 PM | Updated as of Jan 11 2020 11:51 PM

MANILA, Philippines -- Bacolod-Master Sardines kept its playoff chances alive by holding off Basilan-Jumbo Plastic, 96-89, on Saturday in the 2019-20 Chooks-to-Go/MPBL Lakan Cup at the FilOil Flying V Centre.

Pao Javelona led the way for Bacolod with 21 points, 5 rebounds, and 5 assists and helped improve his team's record to 9-16, which is good for 11th spot in the Southern Division.

Basilan fought to within 2 points, following a triple from Allyn Bulanadi and an and-one play by Jay Collado midway in the fourth.

But Ben Adamos and Yankie Haruna came through and kept Bacolod afloat by maintaining a 6-point lead.

Bulanadi and Irven Palencia mounted another rally for Basilan, however, Jeric Cañada and Javelona were quick to put out the fire by connecting back-to-back threes.

Bulanadi finished with 33 points as Basilan fell to 16-10.

In the other game, San Juan Knights-Go for Gold beat Pasig-Sta. Lucia Realtors, 109-99.

John Wilson paced the Knights with 24 points, 5 rebounds, and 4 assists.

The scores:

Bacolod-Masters Sardines (96) -- Javelona 21, Villahermosa 15, Cañada 14, Haruna 14, Adamos 11, Camacho 8, Custodio 6, Gayosa 4, Tansingco 3, Charcos 0

Basilan-Jumbo Plastic (89) -- Bulanadi 33, Collado 15, Dagangon 9, Lunor 6, Bautista 6, Palencia 4, Gabo 3, Alanes 3, Sorela 3, Dumapig 3, Hallare 2, Balucanag 2, Manalang 0

Quarter scores: 18-28, 48-53, 72-67, 96-89

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