Advocates, Rulemakers, Justice League soar in second week of Makabansa Basketball League


By: Frank Leo Aniscal - Published: October 19, 2018

Senate owns solo lead in Bracket C, repels DILG's comeback attempt

Senate Advocates roared for back-to-back wins as they blocked DILG Visionaries' way to the winning column, 81-72, in the Bracket C of Makabansa Basketball League Season 2 held at Meralco Fitness Center in Pasig City.

It became a test of composure for the Advocates as the Visionaries made a strong run in the payoff period, but Senate prevailed in the end because of their well-executed plays down the stretch and hustle in the defensive end.

Rommel Balboa made his presence felt inside the shaded area as he collected double-double numbers, 10 points and 12 rebounds, along with three blocks and one steal. Garri Keith Sevilla put up a team-high of 20 points, while James Mangaran had 13 markers and eight boards.

Imposing their strength inside the paint, Senate Advocates established an early double digit lead after a 16-5 rousing start, sparked by Samuel Kim Razon's six straight points. However, DILG Visionaries fought back in the latter minutes of the first quarter and cut the deficit down to one possession, 20-17.

The Advocates went back to how they begin the game with a solid run and pulled off a 16-5 rally to open the second period, taking back a double digit margin in the 4:14 mark, 36-22. Keith Lagmay tried to lift Visionaries offense, but his team lacked effort in the defensive end as Advocates carried an 11-point advantage into the second half, 42-31.

Joel Villanueva nailed back-to-back three-pointers to continue Senate's offensive run in the third quarter. Balboa and Sevilla successfully finished a couple of fastbreak attempts as Senate reached highest lead of the game at 21 points before Bryan Jimenez' layup for the Visionaries, 66-47.

Falling a bit complacent at the start of the final canto, Advocates got alarmed when the Visionaries began to knock from behind as the deficit was cut down to just six approaching the last two-minute mark, 74-68. But after Senate Advocates made a huddle, their composure came back as they showed hustle on both ends in the payoff period and eventually sealed an 11-point victory.

Kurt Amores, Julius Edmon Jayona and Keith Lagmay anchored DILG's offense with 22, 17 and 11 points respectively. They fell at the bottom of the standings with 0-2 record.

Rulemakers tame Watchdogs, build a winning streak

House of Representatives Rulemakers dispatched the Ombudsman TanodBayan Watchdogs, 72-64, to stay unbeaten in the Bracket A eliminations of Makabansa Basketball League Season 2 held at Meralco fitness Center in Pasig City.

Tied with Smart Dream Team and Meralco Linemen on top spot, the Rulemakers relied on the power duo of Leonel Guinto and Jay-R Cabuenas against the Watchdogs as the two efficient players drew double-double performances in their second victory. Guinto was unstoppable underneath the basket in his 22-point, 17-rebound double-double performance, not to mention his two assists, two steals and one block, while Cabuenas got 13 markers and 10 boards under his name. Eric Martines helped with 10 points.

Both teams struggled in converting baskets in the first few minutes of the game until Eric Martinez got his touch from beyond the arc and hit back-to-back treys to spark HOR Rulemakers' 16-7 run to end the first quarter, 18-9.

Martinez drilled another triple in Rulemakers' 7-1 start of the second period as they led by 15 points in the 5:38 mark, 25-10. The TanodBayan Watchdogs answered back with a 10-2 run, but Rulemakers made defensive adjustments to stop the opponent's attack and translated those stops to transition baskets to keep a 15-point deficit at the half, 37-22.

Guinto caused too much damage inside the two-point territory as he delivered 10 points in the third frame and drew fouls against his counterparts that put them into foul trouble. House of Representatives brought a 15-point cushion into the final period, 52-37.

Playing in a sense of urgency, Ombudsman tightened up their defense and poured the same intensity in the offense as they pulled off a ferocious 13-0 run to only trail by four with 8:16 minutes left on the clock, 52-48.

HOR had a reply, but Ombudsman kept pounding down the stretch. Unfortunately, there was no come front behind victory happened as Guinto and Cabuenas dropped daggers to spoil TanodBayan Watchdogs' comeback attempt.

Renelou Lumague finished with 13, Wynchill Benaid made 10, and Robel Casidsid was one point and one rebound away from tallying his double-double performance in Ombudsman's third consecutive losses.

Justice League avoids third setback, thrashes COMELEC to notch first win

Justice League finally drew first win en route to a 14-point drubbing of COMELEC Sentinels, 72-58, as the Makabansa Basketball League Season 2 eliminations finished its second week.

Justice League exerted dominant force especially inside the two-point territory, led by JC Rabino and Richard Anthony Litonjua, who chipped in 18 and 16 points respectively. Jose Midas Marquez got his shots from the three-point line in the second half as he nailed four treys in his 12-point performance.

The Sentinels were able to match the intensity of Justice League in the first few minutes of action behind Balis and Distancia's impressive start. But down to the last three minutes of the opening frame, Justice League built momentum through their 9-2 run, led by Rabino's five markers.
Coming off strong in the second quarter, COMELEC snatched the lead in the 6:16 mark, 17-16. However, it has only been a short taste of the upperhand as Justice League used the remaining four minutes of the half to surge offensively and reclaimed an eight-point advantage, 29-21.
Justice League found a way to raise their lead to double figures by pulling off a 13-3 rally heading to the four-minute mark of the third canto, 46-31. The Sentinels responded with their own offensive run, but John Herbert Bergonio unleashed a cold-blooded trey that gave way to Justice League's 51-40 third quarter finish.

Marquez pulled the trigger twice from beyond the arc as he spearheaded Justice League's 10-0 start of the fourth frame, 61-40. Protecting their huge advantage, Justice League kept their chemistry intact and answered back to the opponent's baskets until securing their 72-58 win.

Distancia's 16-12-10 triple-doule statline was not enough to bring the Sentinels to the winning column. Balis contributed 12 points and Marlon Casquejo added nine markers but only to suffer their first loss.