MLQU-Victoria routs PNP to snap three-game slump, barge into win column in MBL Open

MANUEL Luis Quezon University-Victoria Sports hardly worked out a sweat in beating Philippine National Police, 75-58, in the 2017 MBL Open basketball tournament at the PNP Sports Center in Camp Crame.

Gianne Rivera and Nikko Lao struck hardest for the Stallions, who dominated the game en route to their first win in four matches in this eight-team tournament being held as part of MBL's 18th anniversary celebrations.

Rivera scored 17 points and Lao added 15 markers for the Stallions of playing manager Jomar Acuzar, consultant Jino Manansala and coach Rainier Carpio

Patrick Asturiano, Jayson Grimaldo,  Kevin Sumay, Alvin Detubio and Allen de la Cruz  provided ample scoring support for the New San Jose Builders-backed Stallions.

Julius Criste led the Responders with 15 points in the tournament sponsored by Smart Sports, Gerry's Grill, Ironcon Builders, Dickies and Star Bread.

Cyril Santiago and Crislyn Elopre added 11 points apiece for PNP, which is being handled by Police Community Relations Group (PCRG) head  Gen. Gilberto Cruz, Col. Jerome Balbontin and coach  Eric Samson.

The scores: 

MLQU-Victoria Sports (75) -- Rivera 17, Lao 15, Asturiano 8, Grimaldo 6, Sumay 6, Detubio 6, De la Cruz 6, Palogan 5, Perascosas 2, Pabila 2,  Macalomcom 2, Acuzar 0, Decano 0.

PNP (58) -- Criste 15, Santiago 11, Elopre 11, Tolentino 7, Abaya 5, Acierto 4, Cabahug 3, Gonzales 2, Onguran 0,  Dia 0.

Quartercores: 17-8, 37-20, 57-37, 75-58.


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