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Marinero stays in PBA D-League playoff hunt

MANILA, Philippines -- Marinerong Pilipino refused to sink and pulled off an 83-82 win over Wangs Basketball to stay in the race for the 2017 PBA D-League Foundation Cup playoffs Thursday at Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig.

Down 13, 80-67, with 4:46 remaining, Mark Isip buckled down for the Skippers and led the late 16-2 fightback. The veteran forward capped off the rally by finding Julian Sargent, who then passed the rock to John Lopez for the go-ahead bucket with 27.6 ticks left.

Mark Isip led the way for Marinerong Pilipino. Richard Esguerra, ABS-CBN Sports
Sargent continued his brilliance on the other end as he blocked Jon Gabriel’s potential game-winner as the Skippers escaped with the victory.

“Clearly, it was the grace of God. It was our faith that gave us the positive attitude na kahit down by 13 kami in the last four minutes, we didn’t waive and kept on believing that God will help us,” said coach Koy Banal.

Isip scored eight of his conference-best 29 points in the fourth quarter, alongside nine rebounds and three steals.

Lopez chipped in 12 markers, eight boards, and three assists, JR Alabanza got none points and five rebounds, and Sargent did it all for Marinerong Pilipino with his eight markers, nine boards, four assists, and four blocks.

Source: http://news.abs-cbn.com/sports/07/20/17/marinero-stays-in-pba-d-league-playoff-hunt

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