Bataan survives Manila; Cardona powers San Juan | Inquirer Sports

Bataan survives Manila; Cardona powers San Juan

By: - Reporter / @cedelfptINQ
/ 05:25 AM March 28, 2019

Top seed Bataan survived a late onslaught from Manila and escaped with a thrilling 73-72 victory on Tuesday night to close in on a North division finals berth in the MPBL Datu Cup at Bataan People’s Center in Balanga, Bataan.

The top seeded Risers nearly squandered a 21-point fourth quarter lead against the Stars, before getting a cushion basket from Gab Dagangon down the stretch to take the series opener.

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“I’ll take any win even if it’s ugly,” said Bataan coach Jojo Lastimosa, whose team can close out the series in Game 2 on Thursday at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.

Later, Mac Cardona summoned his old, fiery form to carry San Juan to a resounding 94-86 win over Quezon City in Game 1 of their semifinal series.

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On attack mode right from the start, Cardona fired a game-high 25 points on top of nine assists as the third-seeded Knights completed a wire-to-wire victory.

Mike Ayonayon also delivered with 17 points, seven rebounds and seven assists for the Knights, who can wrap up the series with a win at home on Thursday.

The Capitals drew a combined 59 points from guards Joco Tayongtong, Hesed Gabo and Andoy Estrella.

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