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MPBL: Manila withstands late Bulacan rally for 1st win

Rabeh Al-Hussaini tries to score on a hook shot. MPBL
By Dugout Philippines

BATANGAS CITY--Manila SV Batang Sampaloc wasted a 12-point spread but held on to beat Bulacan, 75-70, on Saturday in the MPBL Sixth Season at the Batangas City Coliseum.

The Manila Stars clustered eight points, capped by a DJ Mitchell triple, to pull away, 73-61, with 2 minutes and 19 seconds to go.

The Bulacan Kuyas refused to yield and countered with a 9-point run to threaten at 70-73 with still 19.4 seconds left.

Enzo Navarro, however, calmly canned two free throws to seal Manila's first win in two games with 13.9 ticks remaining. Bulacan suffered its second straight defeat.

Manila, backed by Strong Group Athletics, was led by Carl Bryan Cruz with 17 points, 12 rebounds, 3 assists, 3 blocks, and 2 steals. He drew support from Mitchell with 13 points, 7 rebounds, 2 assists, and 2 steals, Pao Javelona with 9 points, 6 assists, and 5 rebounds, and Ahmad Didat Hanapi with 9 points.

Navarro finished with 5 points, 8 assists, and 4 rebounds for Manila of Coach Gabby Severino.

Bulacan got 17 points, 7 rebounds, and 4 assists from Nino Ibanez, 12 points, 11 rebounds plus 5 blocks from Ralph Manzo, 11 points from Francisco Tancioco, and 10 points plus 8 rebounds from John Carandang.

Box Scores:

MANILA 75 - Cruz 17, Mitchell 13, Hanapi 9, Javelona 9, Jamon 7, AI-Hussaini 6, Navarro 5, Escandor 4, Umali 3, Tempra 2, Cuya 0, Manalang 0, Flores 0, Gonzaga 0, Bataller 0.

BULACAN 70 - Ibanez 17, Manzo 12, Tancioco 11, Carandang 10, Andales 7, Hubalde 5, Hernandez 4, Mallari 2, Baltazar 2, Montero 0, Celis 0, Ajero 0, Viernes 0, Santiago 0.

Quarterscores: 16-16, 34-33, 58-47, 75-70

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