MPBL victories for Zamboanga, Sarangani, and Bataan 2021. MANILA, Philippines (AP) – On Friday, Zamboanga, Sarangani, and Bataan won by squeakers in the 4th Season of the OKbet-MPBL (Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League) presented by Xtreme at the Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig.
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A three by Ralph Tansingo with 1:59 remaining was enough for Zamboanga Family’s Brand Sardines to defeat Rizal Xentromall, 74-73, as a buzzer-beater jumper by Troy Mallillin went in and out to finish a night of thrills in the 22-team tournament’s single round-robin elimination round.
Earlier, MPBL Victories Yvan Ludovice scored six charity points as the Sarangani Marlins held off Imus Bandera’s last drive to win the second game 79-78.
Unheralded Guilmer Torre hit back-to-back triples to lead Bataan Camaya Coast to a 70-68 victory against Batangas City Embassy Chill in the opening.
Torre’s jumpers moved Bataan ahead, 67-59, allowing the Risers to escape the Athletics’ final 9-3 run and improve to 9-7. MPBL Victories Bataan moved to 9-7 with 13 points from Kristoffer Torrado and Jamil Gabawan, while Torre finished with 11.
Batangas suffered just its second defeat in 17 games and is vying for first place in the South division with Zamboanga (13-3).
Without Top Gun Reden Calda led Jaycee Marcelino Zamboanga with 15 points and five rebounds, followed by Jayvee Marcelino with 14 points and four rebounds at the MPBL Victories.
Cedric Ablaza led Batangas with 19 points and 12 rebounds, but he missed a potential game-tying shot before the final whistle.
Kyt Jimenez, a YouTube celebrity, led Sarangani’s offense with 21 points, as well as six rebounds, four steals, and three assists. Regie Boy Basibas finished with 10 points and seven rebounds, while Ludovice finished with 15 points, four steals, four assists, and three rebounds.
The MPBL Victories returns to the Muntinlupa Sports Complex on Friday with a triple-header featuring Caloocan vs. Pasig at 5 p.m., GenSan vs. Marikina at 7 p.m., and Muntinlupa vs. Mindoro at 9 p.m.