ANTIPOLO — Makati is ready to move forward from last season’s playoff meltdown.
On Tuesday night, the Super Crunch came out business as usual as they buckled down to work in dealing the Rizal Golden Coolers a sound beating, 73-51.
The Super Crunch, who posted the longest winning run in the fastest growing regional amateur basketball league last season with 15 consecutive victories, completely outplayed the Golden Coolers.
They held the host squad to just 30-percent shooting from the field (19-of-62). Only Mark Benitez ended up in double figures for the Golden Coolers with 13 markers.
Makati also had more second-chance points, 22-10, and scored more points off turnovers, 21-13. The Super Crunch played with more cohesion, dishing out 24 assists compared to only 13 made by their rivals.
After measuring the Golden Coolers, the Super Crunch doubled their effort in the second half, even leading by as many as 28 points off a Joseph Sedurifa three-point basket in the 2:54 mark that put Makati way ahead, 73-45.
Once the hottest team in the MPBL, Makati got booted out by lowly-ranked rival Quezon City in last season’s quarterfinals series, but the remnants of the team that made a big run and faltered are ready to out behind that setback.
“Everything happens for a reason. At the back of our minds, it’s still there (playoff setback), but it keeps us motivated, keeps us on our toes on what we need to do to the next level,” Makati coach Cholo Villanueva said.
“We’re a wiser team this year, so hopefully, during the elimination round we’ll figure out things for each other and be successful and get to the next round,” he added.