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Batangas beats Manila to get MPBL campaign back on track

BATANGAS bounced back with a 67-61 win over Manila on Saturday in the 4th Season OKbet-MPBL (Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League) presented by Xtreme at Strike Gym in Bacoor City.

Quezon City and Bacoor, on the other hand, restarted their shattered practices with contrasting victories over Pasig, 76-73, and Laguna, 69-57, respectively.

Surrendered their first loss to Pampanga on August 6, Batangas City Embassy Chill took a 55-42 lead after three quarters before claiming their 11th victory in the single-round elimination, two-division stage among 22 teams .

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Jeckster Apinan led Batangas with 13 points and 9 rebounds, followed by Levi Hernandez with 12 points and 5 rebounds and Rudy Lingganay with 10 points and 5 assists.

Held at only 7 points, Cédric Ablaza compensated by grabbing 12 rebounds for Batangas, the leader of the South division.

Manila, which fell to 6-7, got 13 points from Dan Sara and Jed Mendoza 11.

Bacoor dominates

Quezon City MG Cars drew 15 points from Kent Lao, 12 each from Levi Dela Cruz and Kentoy Segura and 11 from Jerick Nacpil in posting their fifth win against six losses.

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Pasig fell to 6-5 despite Robbie Manalang’s 21-point effort and Jason Melano’s 20-point outing.

Powered by Edzel Mag-isa, Mark Montuano and Mark Pangilinan, Bacoor largely controlled the tempo and recorded their fourth win against six losses.

Mag-isa and Montuano picked up 14 points each, while Pangilinan added 11 as Bacoor handed Laguna Krah Asia their 10th straight loss for a 1-11 record.

The MPBL returns Monday to the Bren Guiao Convention Center in San Fernando, Pampanga, with another triple bill. Undefeated Nueva Ecija grabs win #14 against Marikina (3-8) at 5 p.m., followed by Imus (3-7) and General Santos (6-5) at 7 p.m. Bacolod (7-4 ) and Pampanga (7-4) clash at 9 p.m.

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