The Valenzuela Idol Cheesedogs pulled the rug from under the Batangas City Athletics-Tanduay in the Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League (MPBL) Datu Cup at Caloocan Sports Complex on Saturday.
The Chris de Chavez-led Cheesedogs won 78-66, inflicting on the inaugural MPBL champions their second defeat in 4 games.
De Chavez scored 22 points, including 3 treys, to go with 8 rebounds and 3 assists.
Paolo Hubalde and Ryan Arambulo had 11 points each for the Cheesedogs, who now sport a 2-2 win-loss mark.
The Athletics had a hard time keeping up with the Cheesedogs' run-and-gun style, scoring only 5 fastbreak points against Valenzuela's 14.
Valenzuela also got a lot of help from the bench, tallying 36 bench points against Batangas' 29.
Former PBA player Bong Galanza topped the Athletics with 12 points.
In the second game, the Caloocan-Longrich Supremos yielded to the San Juan Knights 81-77 at home.
Larry Rodriguez scored 15 points for the undefeated Knights (4-0), who also got 12 from Samboy de Leon.
JM Villahermosa's finished with 19 points for Caloocan (2-2).
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