BATANGAS CITY – The Batangas Athletics gave celebrity Derek Ramsay a rousing welcome in the MPBL on THursday night, picking up their second straight win, 80-67, at the expense of the Caloocan Supremos.
Ramsay scored a bucket in the early part of the fourth quarter after beating his man off a backdoor cut, sending the crowd at the Batangas City Coliseum into a frenzy.
Ramsay’s basket was just one among the many highlights in the Athletics’ third win in four matches.
Jason Melano posted a double-double of 15 points and 11 rebounds while Jhaymo fell a rebound short of his own double-double, tallying 16 points and nine boards. Jeff Viernes also produced 16 markers, including a buzzer-beating trey from near the half court line to end the first period.
Batangas City won despite missing the services of head coach Goldwyn Monteverde, who had to guide the NU BUllpups, the country’s representative in an invitational event in Indonesia. Bernard de Guia pinch-hit in his absence.
Also winning Thursday were Bicol and San Juan, two of the hottest teams in the tournament.
The Knights made short work of expansion team SOCCSKSARGEN, 100-77, while Bicol nipped Valenzuela in overtime, 90-81.
It was the fifth win in as many games for the Knights, who remained the only unbeaten squad in the tournament. Jhonard Clarito led the side with 21 markers.
Bicol, on the other hand, extended its win streak to four games.
With Ronjay Buenafe fouling out and Alex Nuyes leaving the endgame with an injury, Alwyn Alday stepped up big and delivered for the Volcanoes, who improved to 5-2.