Cebuano guard Jeric Cañada tows Bacolod to upset of Bulacan

Jonas Panerio

CEBUANO guard Jerick Cañada showed his all-around game to help the Bacolod-Master's Sardines vault over the playoff-bound Bulacan, 76-69, in the 2019-20 Chooks-to-Go/MPBL Lakan Cup at the Marikina Sports Center on Friday, February 7, 2020.

Up by just two points, former University of San Jose-Recoletos hotshot Mar Villahermosa and Simon Camacho joined hands in a pivotal 6-2 blast to give Bacolod a comfortable seven-point cushion, 74-67, with 1:02 left in the game. Camacho then fished a foul from Talisay City-native Lyle Antipuesto, putting the game out of reach with two freebies with 14 ticks remaining.

Villahermosa, a former three-point champion in the Cesafi, spearheaded the assault with 14 points on 6-of-11 shooting laced with three assists and two rebounds.

Cañada, a former standout of Don Bosco in high school, flaunted his all-around game, tallying 10 points, 11 assists, and four rebounds while Camacho had 10 markers and six boards.

Bacolod capped off the elimination round with an 11-19 win-loss slate good for the eleventh spot in the South Division.

Meanwhile, JR Alabanza and former Ateneo de Cebu guard Rev Diputado were the only players who hit the double-digit mark for Bulacan with 11 and 10 points, respectively.

Bulacan remained at the sixth spot in the North Division with a 19-11 record, missing the chance of overtaking the fifth-seeded Bataan who has a 20-10 standing. The Kuyas defeated the Risers in their head-to-head match-up.

The Scores:

Bacolod-Master's Sardines (76) -- Villahermosa 14, Cañada 10, Camacho 10, Charcos 9, Santos 8, Adamos 6, Custodio 4, Bernardo 4, Haruna 4, Dela Cruz 4, Saitanan 3, Dimas 0, Cauilan 0

Bulacan (69) -- Alabanza 11, Diputado 10, Arim 9, De Mesa 9, Escosio 8, Nermal 7, Dela Cruz 4, Taganas 4, Alvarez 3, Siruma 2, Mendoza 2, Antipuesto 0

Quarterscores: 19-13, 43-34, 56-50, 76-69