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    Sarangani rides hot hands of Paul Sanga in MPBL rout of Bataan

    Aug 12, 2022
    Paul Sanga
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    THE Sarangani Marlins rode the hot hands of Paul Sanga to rout the Bataan Risers, 92-80, on Friday in the OKbet-(MPBL) Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League 4th Season presented by Xtreme at the San Jose Del Monte Sports Complex in Bulacan.

    Sanga went 5-of-12 from beyond the three-point arc, 1-of-1 from two-point range and 4-of-4 on free throw attempts for a game-high 21 points plus nine rebounds that earned the 6-foot-4 shooter Best Player honors.

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      With Sanga getting ample support from Donald Gumaru, Gabby Espinas, homegrown Tricky Peromingan and new acquisition Macky Acosta, the Marlins pulled away, 83-60, en route to their fourth straight win and a 9-2 record in the single round-robin elimination phase of the 22-team tournament.

      Gumaru fired 16 points and issued 9 assists, Espinas posted 11 points and 6 assists, Peromingan 10 points and 7 rebounds and Acosta 10 points plus 4 rebounds as the Marlins hardly felt the absence of injured guards Kyt Jimenez and Yvan Ludovice.

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      Although the Risers were able to control the boards, 62-44, through Jamil Gabawan, with 18 rebounds, and Arvie Bringas, with 16 rebounds, they were hampered by their awful shooting from afar, connecting on only 3 of 26 tries, and the charity stripe, making only 15 of 31 attempts.

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      Bringas also scored 17 points as Top Gun James Darwin Castro was held to 14.

      Homegrown Gio Espuelas and Guilmer Torre produced 11 points for Bataan, which dropped to 7-3.

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