Buffalo Braves stop 5-game slide with win against Alza Alayon Zamboanga
CEBU CITY, Philippines — The Kapatagan Buffalo Braves breathed a sigh of relief after ending their five-game slump by outlasting the ALZA Alayon Zamboanga del Sur, 89-80, in the 2021 Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas VisMin Super Cup, Thursday at the Pagadian City Gymnasium in Pagadian City, Zamboanga del Sur.
It was the first victory for the Buffalo Braves in six games since the start of the Mindanao leg last July 7. Their win positioned them at eighth place in the standings behind ALZA Alayon with a 1-5 (win-loss) record, while the latter has a 1-2 card.
The Buffalo Braves unleashed a 25-5 run at the start of the third period. Eduard Doroteo capped the run with a two-pointer jump shot to stretch their two-point lead,48-46, into a 22-point blowout,73-51, at the 3:29 mark.
During that impressive scoring run, the Buffalo Braves went on a perfect 5-of-5 from the three-point area. Doroteo nailed two threes while Renz Palma, Marlon Monte, and Archie Iñigo hit their attempts.
However, ALZA Alayon managed to cut the deficit to 12,73-58, at the 2:48 mark of the fourth quarter, but time ran out.
“Napakalaking bagay nitong panalo na ito kasi kailangan namin makataas sa standings eh. Hindi kami pwede doon sa baba,” said Kapatagan assistant coach Al Vergara.
Monte led Kapatagan by getting 25 points on 10-of-12 shooting, including 3-of-4 from the three-point area.
Doroteo came off the bench with 17 points, 7 rebounds, 3 blocks, and 1 steal, while Iñigo delivered 14 points, 7 assists, and 4 rebounds.
Veteran Dennis Daa continued his fine play at 42 years old for ALZA Alayon, dropping 21 points on a 7-of-10 clip to go with 8 rebounds and 2 assists.
Dan Sara also had 14 points, 7 assists, and 4 rebounds, while Eric Bangcoyan hauled 11 rebounds and 10 points.
However, their teammate Russell Moneva was stretchered out of the court after being inadvertently hit on the rib cage with 25.5 ticks left in the third quarter.
ALZA Alayon will have a chance to get back on the winning track tomorrow when they take on Roxas Vanguards at 4 p.m.
Kapatagan will close its elimination round campaign on Monday against the Vanguards at 2 p.m.
Kapatagan 89 – Monte 25, Doroteo 17, Inigo 14, Palma 11, Alanes 7, Teodoro 7, Ng Sang 4, Costelo 2, Mandreza 2, Siarot 0.
Zamboanga del Sur 80 – Daa 21, Sara 14, Poligrates 11, Bangcoyan 10, Celada 7, Puerto 5, Raflores 3, Pepito 3, Tajonera 3, Larotin 2, Jabello 1, Arnoquis 0, Cruz 0, Moneva 0.
Quarterscores: 25-20, 48-41, 77-56, 89-80
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