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Kapatagan pushes win streak to four with win over Pagadian in VisMin Cup

The Kapatagan Buffalos notched their fourth win in a row after defeating the Pagadian Explorers, 69-62, in the Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas VisMin Super Cup Mindanao Challenge on Monday at the Pagadian City Gymnasium.

Trailing by 13 late in the third frame, the Explorers went on a huge 21-9 blast, getting contributions from six players, to inch to just a point, 58-59, with 3:13 remaining in the fourth period.

But the Buffalos had one last run in them to buck the comeback attempt of the Explorers. Edrian Lao, Mark Daanoy, KD Ariar, and Joel Sollano all scored baskets in a 10-4 run to secure the victory and grab the top spot at 4-2 (win-loss).

“Puso ang sandalan namin. Ayaw ng mga players magpatalo tapos ‘yung mga veterans ko tinuturuan ‘yung mga rookie na relax lang,” said Kapatagan head coach Jaime Rivera.

Daanoy led the Buffalos in scoring with 12 while Ariar finished with a double-double of 11 points and 10 rebounds.

Edrian Lao
Edrian Lao

Homegrown player Sollano got 10 points while the duo of Lao and Jonel Bonganciso tallied monster rebounding games with 13 and 15 to go with nine points apiece, respectively.

Pagadian suffered its third straight defeat and dropped to 2-4, good for the sixth spot.

Glenn Acaylar paced the Explorers with 12 points and five rebounds while Niño Ibañez wound up with 10 points.

Both squads will next face Roxas Vanguards at 4 pm. Pagadian will meet them on Wednesday, while Kapatagan will have them on Thursday.

The Scores:

Kapatagan 69 – Daanoy 12, Ariar 11, Sollano 10, Bonganciso 9, Lao 9, Puerto 4, Rodriguez 4, Saga 0, Igot 0, Bersabal 0, Torres 0.

Pagadian 62 – Acaylar 12, Ibañez 10, Caballero 9, Uri 9, Fuentes 7, Quimado 4, Baldeo 3, Diaz 2, Saludsod 2, Tolentino 2, Pepito 2, Mag-isa 0, Demapiles 0, Dechos 0.

Quarterscores: 18-15, 32-26, 50-39, 69-62.

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