Iloilo United-Royals routed Marikina, 70-55, for its sixth win in the Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League (MPBL) Lakan Cup on Thursday night at the Bataan People’s Center.
The Royals broke the 44-all tie at the end of the third period with a 26-point explosion, limiting the Shoemasters to 11 markers in the final frame. The Royals, with an improved 6-4 card, climbed to No. 6 in the 15-team South Division.
Former PBA player Samboy De Leon fired eight of his team-high 14 points in the payoff period, powering Iloilo’s back-to-back victories. De Leon also tallied seven rebounds and two assists in 22 minutes of play.
Richard Escoto chipped in 13 points and seven boards while Aaron Jeruta finished with a near triple-double of 11 markers, eight assists and six rebounds.
Yves Sazon was the lone bright spot with 15 points and five rebounds for Marikina, which dropped deeper down the standings of the 16-squad North Division with a 1-8 record.
Meanwhile, Bataan banked on John Bryron Villarias as the host team trounced Zamboanga-Family’s Brand Sardines, 92-79.
Villarias sizzled with a game-best 23 points highlighted by six triples, carrying the Risers to No. 8 in the North with an even 5-5 card.
Anton Asistio added 15 points all from beyond the arc while Alvin Pasaol contributed 14 markers, six boards and three dimes in the triumph.
The Valientes skidded to No. 7 in the South with a 6-5 slate despite Ryan Costelo’s 21 points and Reed Juntilla’s 19 markers.
In the other game, Paolo Javelona and Jopher Custodio starred as Bacolod-Master Sardines pulled off a 69-68 victory over Biñan City-Krah Pipes.
Javelona poured seven points within the final four minutes to knot the game at 66-66 before Custodio sank the dagger trey with 44 seconds remaining, lifting Bacolod to 4-7 for the 10th spot in the South.
Javelona racked up a double-double of 22 points and 10 assists while Mac Tallo added 16 markers and nine boards. Custodio scored five points on top of six rebounds.
Kyle Neypes was the only double-digit scorer with 20 points for the Heroes, who fell to No. 12 with a 4-8 card in the South.