Pasig-Sta. Lucia beats Imus, claims 3rd place in MPBL Invitational

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THE Pasig-Sta. Lucia clobbered Imus-Buracai de Laiya, 100-80, to capture the third-place trophy and the P200,000 cash prize that came with it in the Chooks-to-Go Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League Invitational powered by TM battle for third, on Dec. 23, 2021, Thursday at the Mall of Asia Arena.

Fresh off a tough 72-77 loss to Basilan in the semifinals on Wednesday night, Pasig used that defeat to fuel their drive and end the tournament on a winning note. After a seesaw affair in the opener, the Realtors stepped on the gas pedal in the following periods. Their biggest lead came in the fourth frame, with Allen Mina draining a trey to put his side up by a whopping 31 points, 94-63, in the 5:51-mark.

Jeckster Apinan led the Realtors with 16 points and nine rebounds while Jeric Teng played his best game in the MPBL Invitational, tallying 14 points, eight rebounds, and five assists.

Ryan Costelo and Jerald Bautista added 12 apiece while Mythical Five member Fran Yu, who played 13 minutes and five seconds, was limited to three points and four assists.

On the other hand, Genmar Bragais paced Imus-Buracai de Laiya with 23 points to go along with six rebounds, and two assists.

Kurt Reyson chipped in 14 points including four triples while Jhaymo Eguilos had 10 points, five rebounds, and four assists.

Adi Santos missed the contest after suffering a sprained ankle yesterday in their 82-76 loss to Nueva Ecija.

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