Forward Robby Celiz and Point Guard Pamboy Raymundo did not play college ball together. San Miguel Alab Pilipinas won a title in the Asean Basketball League two years ago before moving to the Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League (MPBL) to play for the Bataan Risers. Their partnership continued to flourish this season, this time with a new team in the General Santos City Warriors, which leads to an astonishing improvement in the Chooks-to-Go MPBL Lakan season.
The familiarity and chemistry between Raymundo and Celiz proved useful on Wednesday night when they led the Warriors to a brave win from behind on the road across Pasay Voyagers, 76-69, at the Cuneta Astrodome in Pasay City.
"It helps that we've been team-mates for the past three years and also good friends," said 6-foot-3-Celiz, a former international who finished with 17 points, 11 rebounds and five assists.
The last two baskets from Celiz came from excellent interior work by the talented Raymundo, who took command in the second half and scored 17 of his 23 points to drive the Warriors to their 16th win.
The victory also enabled GenSan to jump past Basilan and Zamboanga for third place in the South division. Bacoor City previously consolidated its second place in the south after defeating Marikina 100: 88, while Cebu won twice in a row with a 95: 89 capture of Quezon City.
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