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Malacanang Patriots Wins over HOR Solons, MMDA Black Wolves Wounds Judiciary Magis

03/30/2014

The Malacañang Patriots roughed up to roll into the next phase of the UNTV Cup Season 2 tournament. The Patriots swept a win over the House of Representatives Solons forcing them out of the tourney with an 88-76 victory on March 30 at the Ynares Sports Arena.

The Patriots burnt the Solons‘ efficacy level early and ruled the first half with a 4-point advantage, 40-36.

Ex-pro Gerard Francisco and 6’6 center Arnold Gamboa from the Solons fought back and tried to push for a huge slant in the second half. Francisco surged 19 points, 12 rebounds, 6 assists, 3 steals and 2 blocks. Gamboa also scored 19 points in the ballgame.

However, the Patriots used a mighty full-court press to pound the Solons into shingles in the final salvo with a whopping 12-pt lead win.

Forward Player Paul Anthony Yamamoto came up with a colossal performance of dynamic shots and playmaking which propelled the unstoppable momentum of  Malacañang Patriots.

Team Captain Paul Anthony Yamamoto maneuvers to lead Malacañang Patriots against their rival HOR Solons on March 30. Yamamoto finished with 16 points, 4 rebounds, and 2 assists and acclaimed Best Player of the Game. (Prince Maverick Medina Marquez | Photoville International)

Team Captain Paul Anthony Yamamoto maneuvers to lead Malacañang Patriots against their rival HOR Solons on March 30. Yamamoto finished with 16 points, 4 rebounds, and 2 assists and acclaimed Best Player of the Game. (Prince Maverick Medina Marquez | Photoville International)

“Actually, alam namin na hindi mahirap na kalaban ang Solons dahil kapag iko-compare namin mga lamang ng kalaban sa kanila very close. So, I know must-win din sila dito. So, kahit paano pinaghandaan din namin ang Solons.”, Yamamoto told in the interview. (“Actually, we know that the Solons are not so difficult to go against because, as compared to other teams we have played against, their team spirit is very close. So, I know that they have the same must-win goal. So, we have prepared ourselves for the Solons in our own small way.”)

Meanwhile, the MMDA Black Wolves aggrieved Judiciary Magis with a robust wave of attack in the second match of the double-header, 73-71.

The Magis line-up was defenseless without Don “The Hammer” Camaso in the ballgame who is currently suffering an injury.

The exuberant force of Cyril Santiago, Joether Mallare and Jeffrey Tyrone Sanders degraded the immaculate record of Judiciary Magis in the league.

“Takbuhan lang talaga sa buong team namin kasi iyon ang laban namin sa kanila. Di kami pwedeng makipagsabayan ng slow down ka pababa. Kailangan takbuhan talaga.”, said Sanders who impressively bombarded the other team with 27 points, 16 rebounds, 3 assists and 2 steals in this match.  (The team’s only fighting chance is through a swift race across the courts. We cannot slow down the pace. We really needed to rush the race.)

MMDA Black Wolves pinned a binary win-loss record in the team rankings, 2-2, similar with LGU Vanguards.

With Judiciary Magis losing scenario, AFP Cavaliers stepped up in the Group A Team Standings and hitched the Magis in the first-place, 3-1.

QUARTER SCORES

  • House of Representatives Solons vs Malacañang Patriots : 21-22 | 36-40 | 56-62 | 76-88
  • Judiciary Magis vs MMDA Black Wolves : 17-15 | 36-34 | 48-51 | 71-73

(TEAM STANDING AS OF MARCH 30, 2014)

Group A

TEAMS WIN LOSE
JUDICIARY Magis 3 1
AFP Cavaliers 3 1
LGU Vanguards 2 2
MMDA Black Wolves 2 2
**DOJ Avengers 0 4

Group B

TEAMS WIN LOSE
PHILHEALTH Advocates 4 0
PNP Responders 3 1
Malacanang Patriots 2 2
SENATE Defenders 1 3
**HOR Solons 0 4

** Eliminated

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