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Imperial block saves the day for Zamboanga Sibugay in VisMin Cup

Shaquille Imperial came up with a timely block on the game’s final possession to tow Zamboanga Sibugay to a 91-89 overtime win over Roxas in the Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas VisMin Super Cup Mindanao Challenge on Sunday at the Pagadian City Gymnasium.

Down by two, 89-91, Roxas sent Imperial to the line where the reigning Cesafi MVP missed both his shots to give the Vanguards an opportunity to either tie or win the game with 4.3 seconds left on the clock.

Off a timeout, Roxas went to Cyrus Tabi who received the ball at the left corner and hoisted a triple but Imperial was there to block the shot and seal the victory for Zamboanga Sibugay.

“Ang game plan namin sa defense all switch talaga kami. Maganda ‘yung kuha ni Shaq, maganda ‘yung angle niya kaya na-block niya,” Anak Mindanao Warriors head coach Arnold Oliveros said.

Down 10 midway, Roxas ended the fourth quarter on a 14-4 blast to force overtime, 83-83. Imperial had a chance to win the game for Zamboanga Sibugay but his shot from deep was smothered.

Imperial had the best game of his professional career as he tallied 20 points, eight rebounds, six assists, and an incredible six blocks. Another Cesafi MVP—Jaybie Mantilla—also provided crucial numbers as he scored 16 of his 19 points in the final canto.

Jaybie Mantilla
Jaybie Mantilla / VisMin Cup

Rhaffy Octobre and Joco Tayongtong got 11 points apiece.

Zamboanga Sibugay went up to solo second at 6-4, while Roxas fell to fourth seed at 5-4.

James Martinez and Nick Abanto delivered 15 points apiece for the Vanguards while Mario Bonleon added 14 points, 10 rebounds, and four assists. Marlon Monte chipped in 13 points as well.

The Scores:

Zamboanga Sibugay 91 – Imperial 20, Mantilla 19, Tayongtong 11, Octobre 11, Camacho 10, Sorela 7, Gayosa 6, Arong 3, Bangcoyan 2, Dumapig 2, Acain 0, Pasia 0, Albrecht 0.

Roxas 89 – Martinez 15, Abanto 15, Bonleon 14, Monte 13, Segura 9, Templo 8, Dela Cruz 6, Tabi 5, Mabigat 3, Valin 1, Basco 0.

Quarterscores: 16-26, 40-42, 63-63, 83-83, 91-89.

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