The JPS Zamboanga City got back on the winning track as they upended MisOr Brew Authoritea, 85-75, in the 2021 Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas VisMin Super Cup, on Monday at the Pagadian City Gymnasium.
Fresh off a heartbreaking 79-81 loss to Roxas in a game that was decided at the final second, JPS focused on the game at hand and pulled away in the third canto where they unloaded a 26-14 blast to take a 74-60 to the fourth period. However, Reil Cervantes' deuce at the 1:33 mark of the payoff period capped a 15-5 blast by MisOr to put them within four, 75-79.
JPS big men Jerwin Gaco and Gabby Espinas, though, connived on a 5-0 run, with a layup and a three-pointer, to secure the win for Zamboanga.
"After our loss yesterday, Jerwin talked to the team to lift their spirits up," said JPS Zamboanga head coach Tony Pardo. "He really led by example today."
Gaco continued his superb play, tallying 24 points on 11-of-16 shooting from the field, to go with 12 rebounds as JPS hiked their win-loss card to 3-2. Espinas also delivered a double-double with 14 points and 11 rebounds, alongside four assists and a block. Also scoring in double figures were Aaron Jeruta, Med Salim, and Fran Yu, combining for 32.
Joseph Sedurifa had 16 points, five rebounds, and four assists for the 2-2 Brew Authoritea. Ronjay Buenafe and Mac Baracael, who exploded for 58 combined points last night, were limited to just nine and 10 points, respectively. (JNP)