Bitoon Shines as Basilan escaped Iligan in VisMin Super Cup
Jumbo Plastic-Basilan kept Iligan at bay, racking up an 83-77 victory in the 2021 Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas VisMin Super Cup, Saturday at the Pagadian City Gymnasium.
Ahead by just six in the second frame, the Peace Riders closed the first half with a 13-7 run to bring a 45-33 lead at halftime.
The closest the Archangels could get was only within five via Jonathan Ballon’s freebies at the 4:06 mark of the fourth frame, 66-71.
“Actually yung Iligan they just kept on fighting kaya nung nababa nila yung lamang sa lima, I just told my boys to settle down,” said Peace Riders head coach Jerson Cabiltes.
But for any Iligan run, the much-experienced Basilan always had answers. The Peace Riders utilized an 8-2 run to restore their lead to double figures, 79-68, with just 2:20 left.
Chris Bitoon played his best game in a Basilan uniform with 23 points, while fellow newcomer Michael Juico chimed i13 points, seven rebounds, and three assists.
Also coming through for the Peace Riders were Jong Baloria and Shaq Taganas with 11 and 10 points, respectively. The latter also grabbed 10 rebounds.
Basilan now improved their win-loss slate to 2-0.
Joel Lee Yu was the usual suspect for the Archangels with 16 points and five assists. Lester Tamayo added a double-double of 14 points and 10 rebounds.
With the loss, Iligan fell to the bottom of the standings at 0-3.