Zamboanga rips Imus; Pacquiao dishes out triple-double performance in MPBL’s Canada invasion

ALvin Pasaol and the Zamboanga Family’s Brand Sardines handed the also-ran Imus-Luxxe Slim a sound beating on the day Senator Manny Pacquiao dazzled the Pinoys based in Canada in the 2019 Chooks-to-Go/MPBL Lakan Cup Saturday morning (Manila time) at the Seven Chiefs Sportsplex in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.

Zamboanga ran roughshod over the Imus Bandera, 88-72, to keep the sixth spot in the Southern Division of the fastest growing regional amateur basketball league. The Universal Canning-owned franchise improved its win-loss record to a 17-10 slate.

Pasaol finished with 21 points and six rebounds to lead Zamboanga to its fourth straight victory.

Raphy Reyes and Reggie Morido, along with Pasaol capped the first half with seven unanswered points to turn an eight-point lead to a wide 46-31 gap.

The Chooks-to-Go 3 x 3 star continued the assault, firing five points in an 8-0 run to give Zamboanga its biggest lead of the ball game at 23, 54-31, with 9:10 remaining in the third.

Gerald Anderson, Jayjay Helterbrand, and Jojo Cunanan joined forces in a 14-0 swing to cut the lead to nine with 6:24 left in the third.

However, it was the closest Imus could get as Zamboanga’s Anton Asistio and Aaron Black doused cold water to the rallying Imus side with baskets of their own.

Black added 13 points, seven rebounds, and three assists while Asistio chipped in 12 points, all of them coming from rainbow territory.

Anderson paced Imus with 14 points and five assists while Jeric Nacpil had 13 markers and eight boards.

The Luxxe Slim-backed squad dropped to 6-21 in the Southern Division.

Meanwhile, Pacquiao flaunted his all-around game as Team Pacquiao cruised past Casem Calgary, 116-99, in the MPBL exhibition match.

Pacquiao finished with a triple-double of 31 points, 11 assists, and 10 rebounds to lead his squad’s 17-point rout of the Calgary squad which was composed of several Overseas Filipino Workers.

The Mark Yee-led MPBL All-Stars settled for a draw against Calgary Storm, 95-95.

Yee posted 27 points on 10-of-15 shooting on top of 12 rebounds.

The Calgary-based team owned by Filipino Tony Tan was led by Kenny Oteneo with 24 points, six assists, and five boards.