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MisOr takes solo lead in Chooks VisMin Cup

PAGADIAN, ZAMBOANGA DEL SUR — Globalport-MisOr overcame a gritty home team Pagadian, 67-62, to notch its fourth straight win in the Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas VisMin Super Cup Mindanao Challenge, Monday at the Pagadian City Gymnasium here.

The Valientes opened the payoff period on a 10-4 run to establish a huge 13-point lead with 5:51 to go, 63-50.

But the Explorers clawed back with efforts from Charles Pepito, Edzel Mag-isa, Christian Uri, John Quimado, and Keanu Caballero to inch within three, 62-65, with 1:59 left.

However, Ralph Salcedo made it a two-possession margin for MisOr after a layup with 28.9 seconds remaining as their defense held on down the stretch.

“Pagadian really plays inspired kaya I told my players that we have to double our effort,” said MisOr head coach Vis Valencia.

Mac Baracael led the Valientes with 15 points on 6-of-11 shooting while Tamaraw partner Reil Cervantes got 14 points and 14 rebounds.

Joseph Nalos added a huge boost with 13 points, five rebounds, and five assists.

MisOr hiked its win-loss record to a league-leading 7-3 card while Pagadian slid to 5-6, still at fifth.

Mag-isa paced the Explorers anew with 19 points and 10 rebounds while Pepito chimed in 12 points, six rebounds, and three blocks.

Marksman Judel Fuentes went scoreless in 16 minutes of play, going 0-of-4.

MisOr returns on Wednesday against BYB Kapatagan at 6:30 pm. Pagadian plays on Thursday to cap its elimination round against the Buffalos as well in the main game.

The Scores:

MisOr 67 – Baracael 15, Cervantes 14, Nalos 13, Lee Yu 7, Estrella 6, Ubalde 4, Ballesteros 4, Salcedo 2, Gonzales 2, Caranguian 0, Meca 0.

Pagadian 62 – Mag-isa 19, Pepito 12, Ibanez 9, Uri 7, Caballero 5, Demapilis 4, Diaz 2, Pamaran 2, Quimado 2, Saludsod 0, Demigaya 0, Fuentes 0, Dechos 0, Acaylar 0.

Quarterscores: 18-16, 32-33, 53-46, 67-62.

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