Clarin pulled off a 72-66 win over the Petra Cement-Roxas to grab their second straight win in the 2021 Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas VisMin Super Cup at the Provincial Gymnasium in Ipil, Zamboanga Sibugay Sunday.
Carlo Lastimosa dropped 22 points on 8-of-15 clip while John Wilson tallied 15 markers, four dimes, four steals, and three rebounds to help Clarin stave off Roxas in the endgame.
Down 52-63 with 3:23 left in the game, Roxas climbed all the way back to within three with 33.5 ticks left after a 12-4 run, 64-67. On the next play though, Lastimosa went all the way to the hoop for the easy basket to make it a two-possession game, 69-64, and put the game on ice.
The Vanguards opened the fourth quarter with five unanswered points to trim their deficit to just two but Sto. Niño retaliated with a 12-3 blitz to restore order, 63-52.
"Focused lang kami hanggang matapos yung laro. Finish strong lang hanggang dulo kahit nakahabol yung Roxas," said Sto. Niño coach Miguel Borilla Jr.
Big man Joseph Eriobu also delivered the goods for Clarin as he compiled 14 points and seven rebounds.
Jhong Bondoc came through with 15 markers and eight boards while Lester Reyes added a double-double of 13 points and 10 caroms for the Vanguards, who fell to 0-2 to be at the bottom with Iligan.
Both Roxas and Clarin will next play opening day victors Basilan on Tuesday and Friday, respectively.
Clarin 72 - Lastimosa 22, Wilson 15, Eriobu 14, Raymundo 7, Hayes 4, Marcelino 4, Palattao 2, Pancho 2, Baetiong 2, Mangahas 0, Fuentes 0, Pagente 0.
Roxas 66 - Bondoc 15, Reyes 13, Jaime 9, Najorda 8, Casino 7, Sta. Ana 5, Castro 4, Intic 2, Elmejrab 2, Camacho 1, Velasco 0, Tempio 0, Deles 0.
Quarterscores: 17-10, 32-25, 51-44, 72-66. (JNP)