THERE’S an old adage in basketball: If you can’t shoot, you can’t win.
Bulacan employed its zone defense against Quezon City, forcing the home team to miss all its 19 attempts from the three-point region to pull off a 61-55 win in the MPBL Datu Cup at the Henry Noble Gymnasium inside the Trinity University of Asia.
Defense once again spelled the difference for the Kuyas, who also held their rivals to only 30-percent shooting from the field (22-of-73).
Going scoreless from beyond the arc the entire game was a league record and the Black Mamba-backed Capitals were at the receiving end of it.
Not only did the Capitals were grounded, they also got clobbered on the rebounding department, 63-38. Leading the way for the Kuyas in the battle of the boards just as expected was JR Taganas, who grabbed 21 rebounds. He became the first player in the two-season history of the MPBL to grab 20 or more rebounds in back-to-back games.
The burly but shifty Taganas also pulled down a league-record 26 rebounds last time around.
“It’s a good sign for our team, kasi nga magkakaroon nga ng dispersal draft. It’s a test for our character,” said Bulacan coach Britt Reroma, whose team improved its record to 8-3.
Reroma’s team had won back-to-back games since suffering an upset loss to General Santos City, but the amiable coach considers the win as a fitting preparation for yet another big test in its next game.
“Our next game will be against one of the best teams in the tournament — Bataan. It’s a morale-boosting for us in preparation for our next game,” added Reroma.
Bulacan will visit Bataan on Oct. 23 to play the Zetapro-backed Risers.