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    Jun Manzo delivers killer blow as Pasig takes down Imus in MPBL

    Jul 25, 2022
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    PASIG CITY banked on one late scoring outburst to put away Imus Bandera, 63-55, on Monday in the OKbet-MPBL (Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League) 4th Season presented by Xtreme at the Muntinlupa Sports Complex.

    The favored Realtors found themselves trailing the Banderas, 46-51, before Jason Melano sparked a decisive 15-point salvo that put them firmly in control, 61-51, with only 1 minute and 23 seconds to go.

    Manzo leaves it late

    Jun Manzo capped that Pasig spurt with a layup and wound up with a game-high 20 points for Pasig, which improved to 5-3 (win-loss) in the single round-robin elimination phase of the 22-team tournament.

    Melano finished with 15 points, followed by Robbie Manalang with 10.

    Imus, which suffered its third straight defeat and tumbled to 2-6, got 13 points from Genmar Bragais and 7 points each from Moncrief Rogado, Egie Boy Mojica, Adrian Celada and Rene Pacquiao.

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      Pasig's cause was bolstered by its accuracy from the charity stripe, where it made 19 of 21 attempts for a lofty 90.5 accuracy. In contrast, Imus converted only 9 of 15 tries for 60 percent.

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      The MPBL returns to the Paco Arena on Tuesday with another three-game bill. Nueva Ecija seeks its 11th straight win against Bacoor (2-4) at 5 p.m., followed by the GenSan (4-4)-Valenzuela (4-6) tussle at 7 p.m. Zamboanga (8-0) tangles with Manila (4-5) at 9 p.m.

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