Cebu keeps playoff hope alive with win over Bataan

The Cebu-Casino Ethyl Alcohol is not going down without a heck of a fight. This, they made sure of as they stunned the 1Bataan-Camaya Coast, 75-65, in the 2019-20 Chooks-to-Go MPBL Lakan Season at the Strike Gym in Bacoor on Monday, February 3, 2020.

The Sharks improved their win-loss standings to 14-14, still at the ninth place. It did however, give them a slim chance at getting one of the three remaining post-season berths in the Southern division.

Trailing by 15 at the start of the payoff period, the Risers scored seven unanswered points to trim the deficit to just eight, 56-48, with 8:43 remaining on the clock. However, Cebu retaliated with a 12-2 blast, eight coming from Harold Cortes to put the game in the bag for the Sharks despite missing Rhaffy Octobre due to a stiff neck.

"Maganda ang depensa namin, nagawa nila yung gusto ko, lalo na yung press," said Cebu coach Noynoy Falcasantos.

Leading by just two early in the second period, the Sharks went on a 14-3 spurt to build a 13-point margin, 29-16.

Cortes dropped 16 points on a very efficient 6-of-7 from the field, on top of four rebounds, three assists, and two steals.

PBA-bound big man Will McAloney added 13 markers, six boards, and four dimes while Victor Nuñez chipped in 11 points of his own in the crucial victory. Fletcher Galvez was also key in getting Cebu the win as he had 10 points, seven rebounds, two assists, two steals and a block.

Gino Jumao-as paced Bataan with 12 points while hotshot Byron Villarias only had 11 on a poor 4-of-16 clip.

The Risers slipped to 19-10, tied with Bulacan for the fifth and sixth places.

The Scores

Cebu-Casino Ethyl Alcohol 75 - Cortes 16, McAloney 13, Nuñez 11, Galvez 10, Mantilla 9, Lao 5, Ubalde 5, Coronel 4, Saycon 2, Viloria 0, Lee Yu 0.

1Bataan-Camaya Coast 65 - Jumao-as 12, Villarias 11, Gozum 8, Batino 8, Jaime 6, Gallardo 6, Bregondo 4, Ortega 4, Iñigo 2, Castro 2, Juntilla 2, Llanto 0.

Quarterscores: 13-9, 35-28, 56-41, 75-65. (JNP)