Someone asked me how my blog and newspaper column came to be titled "Bleachers Brew". It's like this, it's an amalgam of sorts of two things: The bleachers area in the stadium/arena where I used to sit when I would watch baseball, football, and basketball games and Miles Davis' great jazz album Bitches Brew. That's how it got culled together. I originally planned on calling it "The View from the Big Chair" that is a nod to Tears For Fear's second album, Songs from the Big Chair. So there.

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

An efficient demolition: Bataan crushes Marikina for 21stwin

An efficient demolition: Bataan crushes Marikina for 21stwin
by rick olivares

With a little over two minutes to play, the Bataan mark of the fourth period, the Bataan Risers’ Pamboy Raymundo ditched his man with a crossover then fed a cutting Alfred Batino for an and-one, 79-61, against the home side, the Marikina Shoemasters.

Whatever was left of the massive crowd that filled the Marist Gym in Marikina – that hadn’t when Bataan led, 49-33, at the half – filled out. 

The Risers won, 81-64, their seventh straight for a 21-2 record that send Marikina to their fifth home loss in seven outings and an 8-15 record. 

That’s a team that quietly, and almost efficiently, is going about its business of pursuing a Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League Datu’s Cup title. They are 6-1 when marching into opposing teams’ home courts, and a perfect 7-0 in road games (they are 8-1 at home at the Bataan Peoples’ Center); an indication of the Risers’ toughness in the face of adversity and hostile ground.

Case in point: with 22 seconds left in the second period, Batino was whistled for a traveling violation and Bataan leading 49-30. Batino hotly contested the call; a protest that took over a minute to pacify. The Marist Gym crowd, perhaps in need of a rallying point for their team that went down from the get-go, heckled Batino. 

Then the Shoemasters’ JC Po hit a triple off a feed by RJ Deles to whittle away three points from the deficit going into the half. And the crowd seemed a tad happy that they had the last laugh going into the break. 

But any notion that Mariqueños felt they were back in the game were quickly dashed at the onset of the third period when the Risers’ do-it-all forward Vince Tolentino scored six straight points driving right at the heart of Marikina’s defense in spite of the presence of rugged center Jondan Salvador who also scored two buckets in that span. 

Those three daredevil drives showed that Bataan had no fear of coming into another team’s home court and stealing the game. 

It was Gary David who got Bataan off to a hot start when he knocked down his first four shots – the first two for threes and the last two dead eye long two-point bombs – for a 16-6 lead.

The Yvan Ludovice started the second quarter by torching the nets for three straight triples – two with a hand on his face – for a 35-21 lead. 

Then came Tolentino’s early third quarter explosion that had Marikina once more reeling.

“That is what we have been trying to achieve,” pointed out Bataan head coach Jojo Lastimosa after the game. “We want everyone to step up and that anyone can lead us in scoring at any given time.”

And true enough, Marikina had no answer for that. When the Bataan starters got the lead, the second unit hiked it up. The third unit held the line then the starters got back in and continued to pummel the Shoemasters with the lead climbing to as high as 23 points.

Bataan shot 48% from the field to Marikina’s woeful 24% shooting. The Risers scored almost half their output from inside the paint, 42 to Marikina’s 18. And Bataan simply ran the home side out of the gym with a 22-7 edge in fastbreak points.

Twelve of the 15 players Lastimosa sent in scored (Arvie Bringas had an excellent chance to get on the scoring board but he muffed two free throws including one shot from under the basket).

Ludovice led the way with 13 while David added 12, and Tolentino, 10.

Marikina’s Ronald Roy top scored for the game with 16 while high-flying forward Renato Ular managed 11. 

When pressed for a comment about the game, Marikina head coach Elvis Tolentino simply said regarding Bataan, “That’s a very good team that is on a mission.”

Next up: the home stand in Bataan against the Paranaque Patriots on February 28.

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