Ex-PBA player powers Bataan to 4th MPBL win; Munti-Navotas match halted

first_imgFormer Philippine Basketball Association player Byron Villarias exploded for a career-best 25 points as Bataan turned back Imus, 95-85, for its fourth straight win but the Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League (MPBL) Datu Cup doubleheader at Navotas Sports Complex ended in bizarre fashion on Saturday night.The Risers squandered a 19-point first half lead, trailed briefly in the third canto, before recovering their bearings after a flurry of treys from Villarias, who shot 5-of-7 from beyond the arc.ADVERTISEMENT MPBL commissioner Kenneth Duremdes said the game will be rescheduled at the point of stoppage during the final day of the elimination round.“We’re going to reschedule the game since the venue is not playable,” Duremdes said.“Aside from the fact that the rim is broken, the court is slippery. The safety of our players should be given more importance.”However, the league will no longer continue the game if it won’t affect the standings anymore.“Let’s say both teams are vying for a quotient or placing for the playoffs, we will continue the match with the remaining time and the same score,” Duremdes said.ADVERTISEMENT “We focused on getting better defensively in the fourth quarter,” said Villarias after Bataan improved to 4-1.“Imus gave us a tough time but we recovered in time.”Unfinished gameFEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’The night however ended in strange fashion as the Muntinlupa-Navotas duel turned out to be the first overtime game of the tournament only to be stopped after the rim was broken.The unbeaten Cagers were ahead, 98-95, with 1:35 left in the overtime period when Navotas forward Kyle Neypes’ triple forced the rim to break. Trump assembles a made-for-TV impeachment defense team ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Improvements neededDuremdes, the PBA Most Valuable Player in 1998, also wants the Navotas Clutch to improve their playing venue.“They have to improve the playing venue. Otherwise, we will not hold any more games here,” added Duremdes.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs 3-0 starts for Santo Tomas teams MOST READ LATEST STORIES Putin’s, Xi’s ruler-for-life moves pose challenges to West In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Lacson: Calamity fund cut; where did P4 billion go? Report: Disney dropping the ‘Fox’ from movie studio names View commentslast_img

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