Depleted Zamboanga turns back Pasay Voyagers for second straight victory

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BIÑAN — Zamboanga-Family’s Brand Sardines watched Pasay self-destructed in the last three minutes of the fourth period and turned on the heat from there to fashion out a come from behind  83-82 win Friday at the Alonte Sports Arena here.

Ryan Costelo, one of the smallest men in the league, played the biggest game of his career as he finished with 22 points to power Zamboanga to its second consecutive win and the third in six games.

Costelo deflected credit to his teammates.

“Siguro ito yung best game sa career ko,” Costelo told FOX Sports Philippines. “Pero credit talaga sa team, kasi team effort talaga siya. Lamang ng 12 points yung kalaban pero nagusap-usap kami and alam namin malayo pa yan at kaya naming mahabol. Nag-respond yung mga teammates ko, hindi kami nag-give up.”

Down 78-66 with 3:38 left, Zamboanga held Pasay scoreless in a two-minute stretch. That resulted to a 10-0 run, which put the team from Mindanao within striking distance, 78-76, with still 1:40 remaining.

After completing a three-point play to give Zamboanga an 81-80 lead, Jan Jamon scored on a short jumper to put the Voyagers back on the driver’s seat, but Costelo wasn’t done yet with his big plays.

Costelo banked in a jumper that put Zamboanga ahead, 83-82, with 16 seconds left and in the return play, the team came up with a big stop, forcing Jamon to take a difficult jumper.

Raphy Reyes added 16 markers for Zamboanga, which shot 46-percent from the field (33-of-71) and came away with 46 points in the paint, 22 more than its rival.

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