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    Pasay clings on to final North playoff spot in MPBL by beating Biñan City

    Jan 24, 2020

    BALANGA - Pasay boosted its playoff chances after booting out Biñan City, 68-57, in the 2019-20 Chooks-to-Go/MPBL Lakan Season at the Bataan People's Center on Friday.

    Pasay improved its record to 15-12 to remain at eight spot in the Northern Division, one-and-a-half-games ahead of ninth-place Caloocan.

    "Yun nga sabi ko kailangan naming mag stack-up ng wins. Kasi yung Caloocan they still have three games pa baka mamaya hindi kami makapag-pile up ng wins at makahabol sila," said Pasay head coach Marlon Martin.

    Riding the hot hands of Gio Lasquety, Raymund Ilagan, and Ronnel Lastimosa, the Voyagers built a 51-42 cushion over Biñan heading into the fourth quarter.

    Jason Opiso and Jan Jamon sustained the momentum, igniting a 15-9 rally that saw Pasay take its biggest lead of the ball game at 15, 66-51, off a lay-up from Ilagan with 2:38 left.

    Axel Iñigo led Pasay with 13 points, six assists, seven rebounds, and two steals. Opiso contributed 11 points and six boards while Ilagan added 10 points and eight boards.

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    Jed Mendoza had 11 points, four assists, and seven rebounds for the Heroes, who are now kicked out of the playoff race with a 12-16 record in the South Division.

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    The scores:

    Pasay (68) - Iñigo 13, Opiso 11, Ilagan 10, Jamon 8, Lastimosa 6, Chan 6, Belencion 4, Reverente 4, Lasquety 4, Lomtong 0, Hilario 0, de Villa 0, Pasia 0, Moradas 0

    Biñan City (57) - Mendoza 11, Stevens 10, Villanueva 8, Acosta 7, Neypes 6, Parala 5, Mangahas 5, Mangahas 3, Rivera 2, Adorio 0, Bautista 0

    Quarterscores: 17-18, 35-33, 51-42, 68-57

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