SMP’s menacing defense trips Coreganix as Javier shows way to victory


By Jacob Canlas – Published February 5, 2020

In a game of domination, basketball is no exception as the second match-up of the Inter Pick-Up division purveyed a deafening domination on both ends of the court by SMP Royal Taipan to spoil Coreganix King at the Upper Deck, Sunday afternoon, 100-74

With the veterans on SMP’s side, no mercy was shown to their antagonists as their ball rotation in pick-and-rolls advanced their squad to as much as 8-points in the first canto, followed by SMP’s blowing 14-6 rally in the opening minutes of the second frame.

Navigating the tides, Coreganix’s Dane Marilag racked up consecutive floaters, ultimately keeping his team afloat in the contention and pulling down the lead by two-points midway in the third period

Marilag’s wild triples and fiery lay-ins managed the team-high of 27 points, four rebounds and assists apiece while conniving with Balia inside the paint with 14 points and seven rebounds.

With a clear focus and annihilating defense, SMP stepped on the gas as the cagers executed a explosive defense that gave little to no-chance in the transition, marking the start of the slaughter in fast break opportunities

Five SMP cagers notched double-digit cagers with Aldrin Javier sinking 13 points, five assists and three steals equalizing the field goals with former MVP Rayanne Santos in his 13 points, and two rebounds.

With the two guards fast and agile, Alexander Villacorta guarded the post inside, clipping 12 points and eight rebounds, collectively doing heavy damage in SMP’s mission

From then on, Coreganix failed to resist as the lead grew to a double-digit lead and succumbing to a 26-point loss.