Home Team Pagadian Explorers opens their campaign against a familiar foe Roxas Vanguards.
Pagadian barely escaped the Vanguards with a score of 56-52, Edzel Mag-Isa finished the game with a stunning double-double performance 11 points and 12 rebounds.
It was a roller coaster of events as each team were exchanging shots and firepower the whole game. The Visayas Leg MVP Jaymar Gimpayan who finished with 14 points and 9 rebounds took Roxas on his shoulder but still came up short.
Both teams showed hustle in their defense forcing each other into 25 Turnovers each. Both shooting less than 40% shows the low scoring ball game but still Pagadian’s hustle in the late game was the key for their success where Roxas wasn’t able to recover.
Catch them again this Sunday, where Pagadian will battle Iligan in the first game and Roxas will try to bounce back against the newest team Zamboanga Sibugay AMIN Warriors.
Pagadian 56- Mag-isa 11, Ibañez 11, Caballero 8, Acaylar 7, Fuentes 6, Diaz 6, Quimado 4, Opiso 2, Dechos 1
Roxas 52- Gimpayan 14, Monte 11, Mabigat 8, Tabi 5, Segura 5, Abanto 3, Templo 2, Mandreza 2, Valin 2
9-10; 23-19; 40-40; 56-52