by Ernest Hernandez
Caloocan City – Imus Bandera scores their first win of the 2019-2020 Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League (MPBL) Season in overtime against the Caloocan Supremes, 78-75, at the Caloocan Sports Complex.
James Martinez made back-to-back three-pointers in the overtime period to give his team the cushion needed until the end of the match. The former UE Warrior finished the game with 27 points, three rebounds, assists and seven makes beyond the three-point arc.
Former Gin King, Jayjay Helterbrand also had an impressive outing, finishing with 14 points, eight boards, and eight assists. He was also three-of-five from beyond the arc.
Almond Vosotros led the Supremos with 15 points and 10 rebounds while AJ Mandani added 13 points and six boards.
Even after notching their first win, head coach Budds Reyes believes they are still a long way from hitting their peak although Helterbrand made a big difference with his leadership.
“Malayo pa. Marami pa. Kailangan pa magkakilalanan,” said Reyes when asked what the team needed to improve.
“We have Jayjay. Somehow,medyo maganda yung experience- nakakatulong even sa bench,” said Reyes on Helterbrand’s presence with the team.
On the other hand, Helterbrand admits he was still rusty and that he needs work on his conditioning to keep pace with the team’s run-and-gun style.
“Sobrang saya na we got our first win but as for me, I have a long way to go kasi I am really out of shape. Out of shape talaga. In this league, fast paced! Up and down talaga. Kailangan magpakundisyon talaga,” said Helterbrand.
In the first game, the Pampanga Giant Lanterns prevailed over the Gensan Warriors, 85-94.
Michael Juico led Pampanga in scoring with 21 points while Mark Cruz finished with a triple double 16 points, 11 rebounds and 12 assists.
Former Saigon Heat Mike Williams of Gensan finished with 27 points and ten boards in the loss.
Pampanga Giant Lanterns (94) – Juico -21, Cruz 16, Hernandez 11, Thompson 11, Maiquez 9, Gomez 8, Alberto 4, Baltazar 3, Cervantes 2, Enriquez 0.
GenSan Warriors (85) – Williams 27, Orbeta 11, Celiz 9, Cabanag 8, De Guzman 6 Landicho 6, Raymundo 6, Foronda 5, Vijandre 5, Bautista 2, Basco 0, Masaglang 0.
Quarterscores: 26-16, 47-33, 69-60, 94-85.
Imus Bandera (78) – Martinez 26, Helterbrand 14, Mirza 8, Anderson 7, Ng Sang 6, Vito 5, Doligon 4, Alonzo 2, Catimbuhan 2, Cunanan 2, Reyes 2, Dedicatoria 0.
Calocan Supremos (75) – 15 Vosotros, 13 Mandani, 10 Sarangay 10, Marilao 9, Escalambre 8,Labing Isa 5, Amboludto 4, Tongco 2, Torres 1, Demigaya 0, Jacaban 0.
Quarterscores: 20-18, 35-34, 57-54, 68-68, 78-75.