MPBL: Sarangani triumphs over Negros by OT

Negros is outlasted by Sarangani in overtime.
Sheila May Alferez
Aug 16, 2023

At the Marikina Sports Center on Tuesday, the OKBet-MPBL Fifth Season game between the Marlins and the Muscovados ended with the Marlins winning 109-103 after overtime. At a critical point in the game, Sarangani made seven out of eight free throws, while Negros only made one out of two.

Michael Are, a former San Sebastian College player, assisted Sarangani in winning its 10th game in 24. Are had 29 points, including four free throws that contributed to the final score and He also pulled down five rebounds, made four passes, and swiped three balls.

John Paul Cauilan scored 15 points, grabbed five boards, passed the ball three times, and stole two balls, and John Carlos Escalambre scored 11 points. Reggz Gabat helped by scoring 25 points and getting 12 boards. John Carlos Escalambre added 11 points to the team.

Mark Maloles’ layup was the basket that forced overtime as the game ended the fourth quarter with a score of 95-95.

Even with Jason Melano’s 30 points, nine rebounds, six assists, three blocks, and two steals and Jonathan Gantalao’s 13 points, eight rebounds, four assists, and three steals, Negros lost the game and dropped to 9-15 record in the 29th round-robin elimination tournament.

Today, Wednesday, the MPBL will be back at the Caloocan Sports Complex. At 4 p.m., Pampanga will play against Mindoro, at 6 p.m., Nueva Ecija will play against GenSan, and at 8 p.m Batangas will play against Caloocan.

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