MICAA Flashback: San Miguel Braves snap Yco Painters’ 9-Game win streak

On July 23, 1973, the San Miguel Braves snapped the Yco Painters’ nine-game winning streak with an 89-81 win in the MICAA basketball tournament in front of about 8,000 fans at the Rizal Memorial Coliseum.

Manny Paner [screen capture from The Freeman]
Manny Paner [screen capture from The Freeman]
The Painters were aiming for win no. 13 but ended up seeing their winning run halted at nine games.

Olympian Manuel Paner led the Braves with 27 points, the charges of Ning Ramos outscored the Painters, 14-8, in the last six minutes of the game to seal the outcome.

The win by San Miguel also allowed them to avenge their 64-74 loss to Yco on opening day. The win allowed them to improve to a 9-6 win-loss record at the time for fourth place behind, the Painters, Toyota and Concepcion.

It was only the second loss for the Painters in the tournament in 14 games. The Redshirts were able to close in, 75-73, thanks to a drive by Arturo Valenzona and a charity by Elias Tolentino.

Tolentino was known to be a high-scorer but managed to finish with only three points in that match.

However, Paner conspired with Ernesto Estrada to stretch their lead, 80-73. Estrada finished with 10 points in that game to back up Paner.

Valerio de los Santos sandwiched a jumper by Mollet Pineda with two baskets but Paner joined hands with Rosalio Martirez for a five-point cluster to push the Braves ahead, 87-77, with about two minutes remaining.

De los Santos led the losing cause of the Yco Painters with 20 points. The Redshirts played without Rene Canent who was injured at the time. Marte Samson added 18 points while Mike Bilbao had 14 markers.

In other games, Crispa-Floro downed upset-maker U-Tex, 94-82. The win allowed the Redmanizers to improve to an 8-6 win-loss record. The Weavers, on the other hand, fell to 8-7.

Also, dethroned champion Mariwasa edged Consolidated Foods Corporation, 94-92, in overtime. Regulation ended at 86-all.

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