On Monday, September 18, Batangas blew Laguna Kruh Asia, refueling their quest for better placements in the OKBet-MPBL playoffs, which was held at the Paco Arena in Manila.
With their excellent offense paired with good defense, the Batangas City Embassy Chill won the game 97-62, leaving Laguna Krah Asia struggling to keep up. With this victory, they are now one step closer to claiming a berth in the playoffs.
Batangas City maintained its second-place finish in the South division and finished fourth place overall in this 29-team, two-division tournament.
With their latest triumph, the Batangas improved to 21-5, putting a substantial distance between themselves and the GenSan Warriors (20-6), while simultaneously moving closer to the pacesetter Bacoor City Strikers (22-4), indicating that they are seriously playing to be title contenders.
Batangas’ dominating performances demonstrated the Athletics’ steadfast determination. The players, who never stopped pounding until the final buzzer, were led by double-doubles from John Ambulodto and Darwin Lunor. Ambulodto had 17 points and 13 rebounds, while Lunor had 17 points and 10 rebounds On the other hand, Jaycee John Asuncion contributed by posting 12 points and seven rebounds.
Meanwhile, Laguna’s lack of consistency and defensive troubles throughout the season have hurt their overall performance, placing them in the 26th position with 3 wins and 26 loses.
Despite the efforts of these notable players, including Jerome Garcia’s 18 points and seven rebounds, Paolo Pontejos’ 12 points and four rebounds, and Jason Celis’ 10 points, seven rebounds, and four assists, the team still needs to work on their teamwork and defensive strategies in order to improve their league standing.
Next Schedule of MPBL: Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig
- Quezon Province versus Muntinlupa at 4 pm
- Quezon City versus Pasay at 6 p.m.
- Zamboanga versus Pasig at 8 p.m.
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