JPS Zamboanga City got off to a hot start and never looked back as they cruised past the Kapatagan Buffalo Braves, 89-53, in the in the 2021 Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas VisMin Super Cup Mindanao Leg on Friday at the Provincial Gymnasium in Ipil, Zamboanga Sibugay.
JPZ erected a 24-8 after the first 10 minutes of action and later on, raised it to a high of 38, 87-49, before cruising to their first victory in this tournament.
"I told my players at halftime that the game is four quarters, 40 minutes. Naging complacent sila eh, now you have to show and come back like what you did in the first quarter," said JPS head coach Tony Pardo.
Already up by 15 in the third quarter, Zamboanga uncorked an 11-1 blast to build an insurmountable 25-point margin heading to the payoff period, 64-39.
Gino Jumao-as led JPS in scoring with 13 points while Rudy Lingganay and Mac Cardona had 12 and 11 markers, with the former adding nine assists, five rebounds, and two steals. Jerwin Gaco just missed a double-double with 10 points and nine boards.
Marlon Monte had 11 points while Bobby Mandreza and Renz Palma got 10 apiece as the Braves fell to 1-1.
Zamboanga looks to keep its hot start rolling when it clashes with Pagadian on Tuesday, 1 p.m. Meanwhile, Kapatagan aims to bounce back on Thursday against ALZA Alayon at 2 p.m.
Zamboanga City 89 - Jumao-as 13, Lingganay 12, Cardona 11, Gaco 10, Belencion 8, Yu 7, Salim 7, Espinas 7, Ferrer 6, Matias 4, Alvarez 4, Jeruta 0, Neypes 0, Waminal 0.
Kapatagan 53 - Monte 11, Mandreza 10, Palma 10, Teodoro 7, Inigo 5, Fajarito 5, Doroteo 2, Gabawan 2, Sollano 1, Siarot 0, Costelo 0, Alanes 0, Acain 0, Incio 0, Tabaquero 0.
Quarterscores: 24-8, 39-29, 64-39, 89-53. (JNP)