Basilan escapes late Mandaue run to zero in on VisMin Cup title

Basilan escapes late Mandaue run to zero in on VisMin Cup title

Michael Mabulac helped save the day for Basilan. Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas/Pilipinas VisMin Super Cup
By Dugout Philippines

PAGADIAN--Mindanao kings Jumbo Plastic-Basilan moved on the verge of sweeping the 2021 Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas VisMin Super Cup season, Thursday.

This as the Peace Riders rallied past KCS-Mandaue, 96-91, to take a 2-0 advantage in the Southern Finals here at the Pagadian City Gymnasium.

Basilan looks to complete its domination in Game Three, on Friday night at 6 p.m.

Chris Bitoon's layup in the waning seconds of the third period capped a 14-5 Basilan blast to enter the fourth with a 10-point lead, 75-65.

But KCS fought with a 10-0 spurt topped by a Joseph Nalos deuce to cut the lead down to 81-83 with 5:14 to go in the match.

The Peace Riders, though, had one last push in them. Michael Mabulac, Jay Collado, and Hesed Gabo connived for an 8-0 run to restore order with 2:31 remaining, 91-81.

The two squads then just traded baskets to give Basilan the 2-0 series lead.

Jonathan Uyloan top-scored for the Peace Riders with 19 points on a 5-of-10 clip from deep, to go with four steals, two rebounds, and two assists.

Collado added 17 points, five rebounds, and four assists, while Mabulac had a huge double-double of 13 points and 14 rebounds.

Jong Baloria also chipped in 11 points and six rebounds.

Rhaffy Octobre bounced back from a scoreless Game One, punching in 27 points on an ultra-efficient 9-of-13 clip, alongside six rebounds, and four assists for Mandaue.

Gileant Delator, Shaq Imperial, and Phil Mercader also chimed in 12 points apiece.

The Scores:

Basilan 96 - Uyloan 19, Collado 17, Mabulac 13, Baloria 11, Bitoon 9, Juico 8, Gabo 7, Balucanag 6, Siruma 4, Taganas 2, Manalang 0.

Mandaue 91 - Octobre 27, Delator 12, Imperial 12, Mercader 12, Nalos 6, Roncal 5, Gastador 4, Castro 4, Soliva 3, Sorela 3, Cachuela 3, Bregondo 0.

Quarterscores: 15-20, 46-43, 75-65, 96-91.

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