Batangas City unstoppable in its 3rd straight win

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Batangas City Tanduay Athletics and Quezon City Capitals carved out a pair of solid victories on Saturday night to stay ahead of the pack in the 2018 Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League Anta Rajah Cup at the Imus Sports Complex.

Not to be outshone were the visiting Athletics, who seized control early on behind their unrelenting pressure on the way to a wire-to-wire 74-56 victory over the free-falling host Imus Bandera.

Former pro Val Acuña had a team-high 16 points while veteran Lester Alvarez added 14 points, five assists, three rebounds and two steals for Batangas, which took a 19-9 lead at the end of the opening period.

Ian Melencio finished 23 points on an efficient 10-of-14 shooting from the field on top of six rebounds and two assists that all went down the drain as Imus failed to dug itself out of an early hole, leading to its third straight setback.

Meanwhile, big man Jessie James Collado threw his full weight around the lane with 16 points and a league-high 19 rebounds on top of four blocks as the Capitals turned back erstwhile undefeated Navotas Clutch, 87-78.

Former Adamson stalwart Gian Abrigo did his fair share with 13 points, 10 rebounds, six assists and four steals while Peejay Barua and Mark Tayongtong combined for 25 points to help Quezon City stretch its flawless start to three matches.

Guard JP Calvo provided the offensive punch off the bench with 28 points while Yves Sazon added 15 points in a losing cause for the Clutch, who dropped to 2-1 in a tie with three other teams. (PIO Batangas City)