The Caloocan Supremos-Longrich once again reigned supreme in their third game in the 2018 Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League (MPBL) Anta Datu Cup, ousting the floundering Rizal Crusaders-Xentro Mall, 92-80.
The Supremos relied on yet another marvelous showing from explosive guard Jess Mar Villahermosa, who bagged his second Best Player of the Game honors with 29 points on an efficient 8-14 shooting from the field and 3-4 from behind the arc. The former San Beda Red Lion was also a menace on the defensive end, nabbing a game-high 5 steals.
The team also benefited from the steady presence of their vocal leaders JR Cawaling and Paul Sanga, who chipped in 11 and 9 markers, respectively.
Reserve forward Marco Balagtas paced the losing squad with 13 points and 6 boards. The Cruzaders are still looking for that elusive first win this season, and is joined by the Pasig Pirates at the bottom of the standings with an 0-3 win-loss record.
– Villahermosa did not start this game, but still led his team in minutes played at 26. He enjoyed a 61 percent shooting clip from the field and 75 percent from three.
– Both teams were dead-even at points in the paint with 42 apiece, but Caloocan scored more on points off turnovers with 24, compared to Rizal’s 10. The Supremos also outhustled the Cruzaders on the glass, notching a 26-9 lead.
– Caloocan received a much needed boost from its bench mob, which contributed 65 of the team’s 92 points. Rizal’s reserves produced 45 points.
– Only Villahermosa and Cawaling scored in double figures for Caloocan, but they did receive multiple contributions from almost the entire lineup, led by veterans Sanga and Jeffrey Ryan Otengco’s combined 18 points.
– Turnovers continue to plague the Cruzaders, as they lost control of the ball 20 times last night.
– Joseph Nalos did a splendid job of facilitating the Caloocan offense, dishing out 9 of the team’s 20 total assists. The former Adamson Falcon also led the team in the rebounding department, corralling 10 boards.
– The Supremos led as much as 23 points in the third period and kept the lead for the remainder of the game.
– Rizal will look to finally get into the win column against the Laguna Heroes on July 19, while Caloocan will look to carry the momentum to their next game against the San Juan Knights on July 21.