The Basilan Peace Riders opened up their campaign in the Mindanao leg of the 2021 Chooks to Go Pilipinas VisMin Super Cup with a dominant 82-48 win over the Alza Zamboanga at the Ipil Provincial Gymnasium on Wednesday afternoon.
Ahead by just eight heading into the second frame, 15-7, the Peace Riders' went berserk on offense, outscoring ALZA Alayon 25-7 to enter halftime with a huge 40-14 margin.
"After nung first quarter, sinabihan ko yung players ko na huwag silang magmadali, focus lang (kaya nakalamang nang malaki)," said Peace Riders head coach Jerson Cabiltes.
The lead would eventually rise to a high of 42, 78-36, after a Darwin Lunor deuce off a post move at the 4:23 mark of the payoff period.
Michael Mabulac filled the stat sheet for the Peace Riders with 16 points, 11 rebounds, three assists, two steals, and a block. Hesed Gabo came off the bench and injected Basilan with some much-needed offense, tallying 14 markers and seven boards while Chris Bitoon and Michael Juico chipped in 12 and 11 points, respectively.
Dan Sara was the lone Zamboanga Del Sur cager to tally double digits in points with 17. All in all, Zamboanga del Sur shot just 27-percent from the field, including 3-of-22 from deep. In contrast, Basilan was a blistering 50-percent from the field.
Basilan 82 - Mabulac 16, Gabo 14, Bitoon 12, Juico 11, Lunor 6, Balucanag 6, Taganas 4, Uyloan 3, Collado 2, Manalang 2, Saliddin 2, Siruma 2, Baloria 2, Hallare 0, Tan 0.
Zamboanga del Sur 48 - Sara 17, Jabello 7, Raflores 7, Cabrilla 5, Tajonera 5, Celada 3, Puerto 2, Moneva 2, Amoquis 0, Biwang 0, Cruz 0, Daa 0, Labisores 0, Dela Cruz 0, Pepito 0.
Quarterscores: 15-7, 40-14, 61-31, 82-48. (JNP)