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Basilan takes down host Pagadian, rolls to 3-0 in VisMin Super Cup

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Basilan BRT Peace Riders stayed unblemished in the Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas VisMin Super Cup after dismantling host team Pagadian Explorers, 82-76, on Thursday evening at the Pagadian City Gymnasium.

Tied at 41-all at the half, the Peace Riders unloaded a 20-5 run, topped by Ar Raouf Julkipli’s layup, to start the third period and establish a 15-point spread, 61-46, with 4:20 left.

The Explorers responded with a rally and were able to cut the deficit to a single digit at the end of the frame, 54-63.

Darwin Lunor waxed hot in the fourth period, making three straight buckets to build a 13-point lead, 69-56, but Pagadian answered with their six straight points, 62-69.

From there, it was all Basilan going on an 11-4 burst to put the game away, 80-66, with 1:14 to go en route to a 3-0 win-loss slate.

In a span of 54 seconds, the Explorers sank 10 straight points, capped by Niño Ibañez’s trey with 20.7 ticks left, 76-80, but Dennis Daa iced the game with conversions from the charity stripe.

“Problema talaga namin noong first half hindi namin ma-break ‘yung press defense nila,” said Basilan interim coach Ron Jalmanzar. “Gumawa kami ng way noong halftime ayun gumana naman.”

Dennis Daa led the Peace Riders with 18 points and six rebounds while Nikko Panganiban and Junjie Hallare chalked up 15 points apiece.

JC Luciano added nine points and seven rebounds while Med Salim got eight points and eight rebounds.

Judel Fuentes paced the Explorers anew with 23 points but went 6-of-18 from the field, good for just 33.3 percent.

Ibanez stuffed the stat sheet with 13 points, five rebounds, four steals, and two assists as they fell to 2-2.

BOX SCORE:

Basilan 82 – Daa 18, Panganiban 15, Hallare 15, Luciano 9, Salim 8, Lunor 6, Goloran 4, Solis 2, De Joya 2, Soliva 1, Ferrer 0, Saliddin 0, Morada 0.

Pagadian 76 – Fuentes 23, Ibanez 13, Uri 13, Mag-isa 10, Diaz 6, Caballero 4, Baldeo 3, Acaylar 2, Quimado 2, Saludsod 0, Tolentino 0, Demapiles 0, Demigaya 0, Pamaran 0.

Quarterscores: 22-24, 41-41, 63-54, 82-76.