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Pagadian downs Iligan in VisMin Challenge

Team Standings   W   L 

MisOr                    6    3 

Roxas                   5    3

BYB Kapatagan    5    3 

Zamboanga          5    4 

Pagadian              4    5 

Basilan BRT         3    5

MFT Iligan            2    7 

PAGADIAN, ZAMBOANGA DEL SUR — Host team Pagadian overpowered MFT Iligan, 83-70, in the Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas VisMin Super Cup Mindanao Challenge Saturday night at the Pagadian City Gymnasium here.

Already ahead by eight at the break, the Explorers put the clamps on the Archangels in the third period, limiting them to just 10 while making 16 points to bring a 14-point lead heading into the fourth, 62-48.

And in the payoff period down by as much as 16, Iligan came back to within six after a layup by Jack Hoyohoy, 65-71, with 3:11 to go.

But Christian Uri, Charles Pepito, and Edzel Mag-isa connived for a 7-2 blast to restore order, 78-67, with just 1:37 left.

“Start string, finish strong. ‘Yun lang ang gusto kong matutunan nila,” said Pagadian head coach Gherome Ejercito. “Noong nakahabol ang Iligan, sinabi ko dapat matuto na tayo, kailangan lumaban tayo.”

Uri had his best game for the Explorers with 14 points on 6-of-8 shooting, while Keanu Caballero also got 14 points and five assists.

Orvelle Saludsod was instant offense for Pagadian, scoring 11 points in just nine minutes of play.

The Vanguards improved to 4-5, leapfrogging Basilan for fifth.

Mag-isa was also big in the win, going for 11 points, six rebounds, and six steals.

Jack Hoyohoy and Algeroh Benitez both finished with 12 points for the 2-7 Archangels with the former adding 10 rebounds.

Elmer Aparice hit the showers early after being slapped with a flagrant foul penalty two for throwing a closed fist during the second quarter with 6.9 ticks to go.

Allen Demapilis was also ejected for Pagadian after incurring two technical fouls, the last at the 3:36 mark of the fourth.

Pagadian plays again tomorrow versus the struggling Basilan  BRT at 6:30 pm. Iligan clashes with BYB Kapatagan on Monday, 4 pm.

The Sores:

Pagadian 83 – Uri 14, Caballero 14, Mag-isa 11, Saludsod 11, Fuentes 9, Diaz 8, Ibanez 8, Pepito 4, Pamaran 2, Dechos 2, Tolentino 0, Baldeo 0, Demapilis 0, Demigaya 0, Quimado 0.

Iligan 70 – Benitez 12, Hoyohoy 12, Tamayo 11, Cuyos 8, Salo 7, Torres 5, Dela Rea 4, Quinga 4, Daguisonan 4, Cruz 2, Rivera 1, Aparice 0, Tagolimot 0, Andrade 0, Cecilio 0.

Quarterscores: 18-17, 46-38, 62-48, 83-70.

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