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    Byron Villarias catches fire as Bataan Risers keep Mindoro at bottom of MPBL

    Jul 6, 2019
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    BYRON Villarias waxed hot for Bataan as it torched Mindoro, 97-87, to snap its two-game losing streak Saturday in the Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League (MPBL) Lakan Cup at Angeles University Foundation Gym in Pampanga.

    The former Jose Rizal University sniper shot 5-of-8 from beyond the arc as he punctured 19 points, five rebounds, four assists, and two blocks for the Risers to level their standing at 2-2.

    Sean Manganti added 12 points, five boards, and five assists, as Anton Asistio and Mar Villahermosa both got 10 points each.

    Bataan held a 17-point lead, 81-64, heading into the payoff period and denied the repeated uprisings from Mindoro which even got to within eight, 95-87, before Santi Santillan canned a pair of freebies in the final 33.0 ticks.

    Sandy Cenal registered a double-double for the Tamaraws with his 15 points and 10 rebounds, as Rodel Vaygan imprssed in the losing cause with his 15 points and five boards.

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    Mindoro remained at the bottom of the standings with its 1-3 card.

    The Scores:

    BATAAN 97 -- Villarias 19, Manganti 12, Asistio 10, Villahermosa 10, Batino 9, Santillan 9, Najorda 8, Jaime 7, Castro 6, Presbitero 4, Reyes 3.

    MINDORO 87 -- Cenal 15, Vaygan 15, Abanes 12, Camacho 11, Brutas 9, Baracael 8, Mandreza 4, Ilarde 4, Saret 3, Cinco 2, Osicos 2, Bangeles 2, Astrero 0, Bolos 0, Matias 0.

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    Quarters: 25-20, 50-39, 81-64, 97-87.

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