Jemal Vizcarra recorded a career-high 27 points to steer Parañaque Patriots Yabo Sports to an electrifying 89-83 victory over Valenzuela SPV TOP Marketplace in the Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League (MPBL) Lakan Cup at Valenzuela Astrodome on Wednesday.
The Patriots clawed back from 20 points down by turning up the heat in the fourth quarter, limiting the visitors to just 15 points.
“We truly made rounds for our team, not cowering even on defense,” stated Vizcarra, who nailed 5 triples and dished out 3 assists for Parañaque.
Valenzuela who was led by Chris de Chavez got comfortably holding a 68-56 advantage going into the final period when the Patriots uncorked a 20-4 run.
Valenzuela had its final bravado when De Chavez drilled a trey that pulled the host to within 86-83 with a minute remaining. Still, Parañaque pulled out all the stops to guarantee its first victory in the tournament.
Bicol Volcanoes, in the other game, rebounded back from an opening day loss to Basilan Steel by hammering out an 82-70 victory over Pampanga Long Giant Lanterns.
Ronjay Buenafe came off the bench with 20 points, shooting 6-out-13 from the field to help the volcanoes improve their ranking to 1-1.