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    Monte, Gaco conspire as Nueva Ecija outlasts Muntinlupa to snap MPBL skid

    Aug 5, 2019
    Marlon Monte and Jerwin Gaco team up to lead Nueva Ecija.
    PHOTO: @mpblofficialph on Facebook

    by JUSTIN VALENCIA

    NUEVA Ecija snapped its five-game skid after eking out an 85-82 victory against Muntinlupa Monday night in the Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League (MPBL) Lakan Cup at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.

    Trailing by just a solitary point with 16 ticks left in the game, the Cagers forced Nueva Ecija wingman JR Cawaling to a turnover, but on the other end, Muntinlupa's Ivan Villanueva's pass to Edzel Mag-isa was caught mid-air by Jimbo Aquino with 9.9 seconds left. Aquino then calmly drained two freebies to seal the win.

    With a chance to knot the game, Cager Regie Boy Basibas attempted a three-pointer at the buzzer but to no avail as it did not hit the ring.

    Marlon Monte had a career-high 23 points to lead Nueva Ecija, who improved to 2-5, while Jerwin Gaco added 12 markers and 13 boards.

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