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Iñigo, Marata catch fire as Marinerong Pilipino stuns Racal

Achie Iñigo and Joseph Marata caught fire late as Marinerong Pilipino pulled the rug from under Racal Motors, 72-71, Thursday in the 2017 PBA D-League Foundation Cup at Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig.

The two conspired in the final three minutes as the Skippers swam their way out of a 10-point hole, 71-61, with an 11-0 finishing kick capped by Iñigo’s game-winning bank layup with 44.2 seconds to spare to snap their three-game losing streak.

Joseph Marata. PBA IMAGES
“It boils down to one stop,” said coach Koy Banal. “I never doubted our chances because these players work so much in practice. I told them we won’t let go and we’ll keep on fighting and I’m glad that we got the win.”

Iñigo poured 10 of his 14 points in the payoff period, to go with seven assists and five rebounds, while Marata went on a perfect 2-of-2 shooting from beyond the arc to wound up with 10 markers, six of which coming in that telling run.

Mark Isip added 12 points and two boards, while Julian Sargent had 10 markers and four rebounds in the come-from-behind win.

“It was so hard to pull off a win,” quipped Banal. “But being at 1-4 humbled us and made us realize that before pride, it’s humility first. That’s what triggered everybody to be excited coming to practice, to prepare, and to work hard, and their willingness to win showed today.”

Source: http://sports.inquirer.net/256267/inigo-marata-catch-fire-marinerong-pilipino-stuns-racal

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