Numerous players came through with steady performances for their respective squads in Week 2 of Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League (MPBL) action.
Bounce-back performances and continuations from their showings in Week 1 scattered around Datu Cup as eight teams picked up wins again in four game days.
Yves Sazon, Marikina Shoemasters – Sazon followed up a strong Week 1 performance with 27 markers on 10-of-21 shooting from the field (7-of-10 from two-point range), but the team dropped a 76-85 decision against the Muntinlupa Cagers.
Chris Sumalinog, Bacoor Strikers – The former TNT and Alab Pilipinas player torched Cebu for 22 points, seven rebounds and two blocks in a close 76-71 Bacoor victory. He hit 7-of-15 shots from the field, including two threes.
John Wilson, San Juan Knights – The team has Wilson to thank for their great debut game. He finished with 20 points and knocked down four out of his seven attempts from downtown to lead San Juan past Pampanga, 93-70.
Allen Enriquez, Pampanga Lanterns – Meanwhile on the losing side, the Lanterns squandered a 20-point effort from the talent out of Arellano. He put up 20 points on 8-of-11 shooting from the floor.
Felix Apreku, Muntinlupa Cagers – Just like Sazon in the scoring leaderboard, Apreku built on his rebounding exploits by snagging 16 boards for Munti against Marikina. 12 of those came on the offensive glass.
JR Taganas, Bulacan Kuyas –After averaging a shade over 10 per game last conference, Taganas started the season strong by grabbing 16 boards to go along with his 10 points and seven assists in Bulacan’s 80-61 blowout of the Rizal Crusaders.
Gian Abrigo, Mandaluyong El Tigre – He was a total non-factor in their first game after playing just two minutes, but Abrigo made every minute count this time. He played 25 minutes and corralled 13 boards in the team’s first win at Zamboanga’s expense, 71-61.
Bobby Ray Parks Jr., Mandaluyong El Tigre – That’s a league record. He dropped 15 assists against only a staggering one turnover in almost 38 minutes for the team. He also added 13 points and six boards. Parks also had more assists than the entire Valientes squad.
Allan Mangahas, Muntinlupa Cagers – Mangahas continues to show mastery of the Cagers’ offense. He had eight of the team’s 20 dimes in their victory over Marikina.
JR Taganas, Bulacan Kuyas – The big man is doing work. He finds himself among the leaders in two categories after handing out seven assists. That was almost a triple-double.
DEFENSE, DEFENSE, DEFENSE
Allen Enriquez, Pampanga Lanterns – Aside from leading the team in scoring in the loss, Enriquez also put up a terrific effort on defense. He finished with three blocks and two steals.
Felix Apreku, Muntinlupa Cagers – Apreku also put in the work aside from grabbing a ton of boards. He added three steals and a block in 29 minutes.
Delmar Mahaling and Marlon Basco, General Santos Warriors – The two conspired for three steals and a block apiece as the Warriors upset Imus on their home floor, 79-73.
Dhon Reverente, Muntinlupa Cagers – This guy’s a thief. He came up with five steals and 13 points for the team.
Rocky Acidre, Valenzuela Classic – They might have lost a close one to Paranaque, 73-76, but they did have 14 steals as a team. He paced them with four swipes of his own.
Mac Montilla, Paranaque Patriots – On the winning side, Montilla countered with four steals of his own. He also had 20 points (on four threes) and five rebounds.
Jercules Tangkay, Basilan Steel – It was a pretty rough opening game for Basilan as they lost to Makati, 65-77, but they can rely on Tangkay to keep providing good interior defense. He had three blocks to go with his 16 points, five rebounds and five assists.
Chris Diputado, Rizal Crusaders – One bright spot in Rizal’s loss to Bulacan was CESAFI product Diputado’s work on defense. He ended up with three steals.
Paolo Hubalde and RJ Argamino, Valenzuela Classic – It was really a steals galore for the Classic even without the win. The two had three steals each.
Carlos Isit, San Juan Knights – The talent out of Mapua was pretty productive in just 18 minuts. Aside from his three steals, he had 14 points, four boards and four assists.
Gabriel Banal, Bacoor Strikers – The ex-pro’s shot didn’t fall for him (3-of-10) but he was all over the floor in their win against Cebu. He had two steals and two blocks on top of his 11 points, seven rebounds and six assists.
– Basilan’s Chris Dumapig almost had a rebound per minute of play. He had 10 in just 11 minutes. Meanwhile, teammate Clark Bautista had a rough debut. He was scoreless in 21 minutes and had two assists against four turnovers. Hafer Mondragon was largely ineffective, too, scoring only a point in 26 minutes.
– A couple of players missed out on double-doubles; Paranaque’s Harold Arboleda (nine points, 10 rebounds) and Cebu’s Rhaffy Octobre (14 points, nine rebounds).
– Chito Jaime took a ton of threes again for Muntinlupa. He attempted eight shots from rainbow country and converted on one of them in the team’s win over Marikina. He finished with 19 points, 10 boards and four assists.
– Sazon likewise continued gunning from downtown as he attempted 11 threes, converting on three of them.
– Jonathan Parreno had a rough outing for Zamboanga. He was scoreless in 28 minutes and only had one board.