Caloocan defeated Paranaque 86-80 on Thursday at the Bacoor Strike Gym in the fifth season of the OKBet-MPBL (Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League).
The closely fought match showcased the presence of mind and skill of both teams, leaving Batang Kankaloos’ sixth straight win and an 11-4 record in the single round-robin elimination phase of the 29-team tournament.
In the first half of the match between Paranaque Patriots and Caloocan Batang Kankalo, it was clear that Caloocan had the upper hand with a final score of 48-39.
Despite being the youngest, Jeramer Cabanag was named Best Player of the Game in this game after a 20-point, four-assist, three-steal performance. According to him, the energy, presence of mind, and great confidence he displayed were his way of repaying the trust their coaches and management placed in them.
“Siguro sinusuklian ko lang din yung tiwalang binibigay sakin ng mga coaches (samin) mga beterano namin sa team, yun lang yung pinaka the best ko na i-give back sa tiwala na binibigay nila sakin especially sa mga management namin (at) teammates” – Jeramer Cabanag
Also, Reil Cervantes’ 18 points and three rebounds contributed significantly to the team’s victory.
Undeniably, the Paranaque are favored to win the game; despite their record of 7-9, their performance has been outstanding. Jielo Razon contributed 19 points, four rebounds, and three steals; Solis contributed 17 points, six rebounds, five assists, and three blocks.
Pido contributed 12 points and three assists, and Joshua Gallano contributed 11 points, eight rebounds, and five assists. The next game for the Paranaque Patriots is on June 27, and they will be playing against the Gensan Warriors.
In the last 14 seconds of the fourth quarter, Paranaque is still trying to make a three-point shot to tie the score, but Caloocan’s defense was just as good, with players diving for loose balls and contesting shots with unyielding resolve. Catch Caloocan’s upcoming game against Laguna on June 29.
Today, June 23, 2023, the MPBL match will be held at Baliwag Star Arena, with Negros vs. on Nueva Ecija at 4 p.m., Quezon vs. on GenSan at 6 p.m., and Muntinlupa vs. on Bulacan at 8 p.m. Today’s matches should not be missed as they will showcase the true essence of the game.
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