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    Bataan, San Juan score big wins in MPBL north semis openers

    Mar 27, 2019
    PHOTO: Bataan Risers Facebook Page

    BATAAN and San Juan scored contrasting victories at the start of the semifinals in the MPBL northern division on Tuesday at the People’s Center in Balanga.

    The Risers survived a huge fourth quarter rally by the Manila Stars for a 73-72 win, closing in on the division finals.

    Meanwhile, Mac Cardona knocked in 14 of his 25 points in the fourth quarter to power San Juan to a 94-86 win over Quezon City.

    “I’ll take any win, even if it’s ugly,” said Bataan coach Jojo Lastimosa, who complained of lapses in officiating, including a basket interference called on Aris Dionisio that was reviewed and reversed into a jump ball situation, handing the ball to the Stars.

    It was big win for Lastimosa’s squad as they got back at first team that defeated them nearly a year ago.

    Bataan scored 21 in the fourth quarter.

    At one stretch in the third quarter, the Stars missed eight straight free throws – nine of the last 10 attempted.

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    But the Stars didn’t fold up easily and despite the shooting struggle, managed to turn a 68-47 deficit to a 69-67 advantage as the Risers were held without a field goal for a nine-minute stretch in the fourth.

    Gab Dagangon stopped the bleeding for the Risers as his short stab gave his squad a 71-67 advantage, with 41 seconds left.

    Manila missed 27 shots from the foul area and made only 11.

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    PHOTO: Bataan Risers Facebook Page
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