THE Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League (MPBL) Datu Cup match between the Muntinlupa Cagers and Navotas Clutch on Saturday night was called off due to damage to the ring at the Navotas Sports Complex.
The game was stopped with 1:35 left in overtime when a three-point shot by Navotas’ Kyle Neypes broke the rim. The rim was still in place following the miss as Micole Sorela scored on a goaltending, but the damage made the court unplayable forcing league officials to put a stop of the game.
Navotas was trailing Muntinlupa, 98-95, when the damage occurred.
It was still unclear what actions league officials will be taking as of posting time following the decision to halt the match.
The incident stopped a thrilling match in which Muntinlupa’s Allan Mangahas tied the game at 83 with 31 seconds left in the fourth. Don Reverente had a chance to win it for the Cagers but he missed a two-pointer.
Muntinlupa’s Chito Jaime and Navotas’ Levi Hernandez had 24 points each for their respective teams as they looked to lead them to victory before the incident occurred.