SMP Royal use strong defensive prowess to cruise past Exile 40 Up

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By Jacob Canlas - Published February 18, 2020

What seemed an undefeated campaign this season for Exile40Up is now a dream as SMP Royal’s defensive havoc spoils their mission, as their antagonists leaves them in the dust at the Upper Deck, Sunday afternoon.

The masters under the rim returned, and they arrived with bang in a six-to-zero lead in the opening minutes until quick ball rotation of SMP turns deadly to deadly quick.

In a nine-point turnaround with SMP leading, Santos’ squad deploys and unleashes their lashing defense of man-to-man lockdown, resulting to a fast break possession, doing greater damage in distorting Exile’s ball movement.

Royal’s cagers were unchallenged and unfazed as their offensive guns came in multiple but not as locked and loaded as Dunray Geraldo whose target was already locked.

Dropping 23 markers in a seven triples, Geraldo acquired the Tanduay Athletics player of the game recognition while Japet Liwanag also managed 13 points

The Royals’ assaults continued in fast breaks and triples left Exile stunned in the paint as they were buried 16-points behind at halftime.

Exile’s production relied heavily on the paint where their defense remained out of reach in the daggers of Royals’ offense, reaching as far as 26-point Royals’ lead in the third canto.

Lacking in the scoreboards but never in the heart, four Exile cagers lashed double-digit figures while two listed a double-double.

Jayr Patricio and Chris De Jesus fires 29 points and 11 rebounds while his team mate Chris De Jesus gathered 11 points, and 12 boards.

Despite the duo’s lift for Exile, SMP’s all-around production of its cagers remain unstoppable in the fourth, eventually securing their grip on the lead as the final buzzer sounds, 99-78.

SMP Royal’s victory marks their third straight win, an undefeated streak shared by two other teams.