MPBL: Pampanga notches 3rd straight win as Zamboanga, Iloilo score

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FOR the third straight game, the Pampanga Giant Lanterns came out business as usual and it rewarded them positive results.

Michael Juico, now developing as a two-way player, dished out another double-double performance to power the Giant Lanterns to a 77-66 triumph over home team Muntinlupa Cagers in the MPBL Lakan Season on a rainy Monday night at the Muntinlupa Sports Complex.

A game after posting double-double numbers, Juico was again back on his elements. He finished with 16 points and 16 rebounds to lead the Giant Lanterns to their third consecutive win and allow the squad to pick up its ninth win in 13 games.

Following its latest win, Pampanga solidified its hold of the fifth spot of the northern division of this tournament put up by Senator Manny Pacquiao with PBA legend and former MVP Kenneth Duremdes serving as commissioner.

Zamboanga asserted its might against Nueva Ecija-Forrest Lake to fashion out a 109-85 bashing.

The Family’s Brand Sardines-backed Zamboanga squad imposed its will as it scored an all-time high 90 points inside the paint and career-tying output in assists and fastbreak points.

Zamboanga dished out a career-tying high in assists with 38 dimes while also scoring 36 points on fastbreaks.

Six players ended up in double figures for Zamboanga led by Robin Rono and Choi Ignacio, who tallied 16 points apiece. Leo de Vera came away with a double-double performance of 14 points and 12 boards.

Ryan Costelo added 12 points while Harold Arboleda and Med Salim each produced 10 markers for Zamb0anga, which shot a steady 60.2-percent from the field.

Iloilo nipped Valenzuela, 73-67, in the other game as Richard Escoto finished with 20 points and Alfrancis Tamsi chipped in 18, giving the United Royals their eighth win in 13 games and remained as the best performing expansion squad.

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