BIÑAN — Good things happened whenever Macky Acosta keeps his temper in check and on Friday night, the stretch big player kept his head cool and showed nothing but his hot shooting.
Acosta knocked in 24 points, including a torrid 6-of-7 shooting from beyond the arc, to propel the Biñan-Krah Heroes to a 94-78 bashing of the Basilan Steel in the MPBL Lakan Season at the Alonte Sports Center.
“Actually, gustung-gusto niyang bumawi,” Biñan coach Alex Angeles told FOX Sports Philippines in an exclusive interview. “Nung mga nakaraang games, kapag umiinit ang ulo niya, medyo nasisira siya. Kinausap lang namin siya to control your emotions and I’m sure maganda ipapakita mo at ilalaro sa game.”
True enough, Acosta delivered in an excellent shooting display.
He had a total of five treys in the second half alone, triggering his team’s breakaway in the third period with two triples. That served like a domino effect as guys like Kyle Neypes and event Andrei Stevens were able to join in the fray.
By the end of the third, the Heroes, who saw their double-digit lead wiped out in the early part of the third, were able to regain the momentum and took a 66-52 advantage entering the final quarter.
In the final quarter, Acosta put the final nails on the coffin of Basilan. His last triple in the 4:47 mark gave the Heroes a commanding 84-60 lead and they were able put away the Steel from there.
“Nag-message sa akin si Coach Alex napansin niya na past two games mainitin ulo ko,” added Acosta. “Kailangan daw kahit anong gawin ng kalaban ko, mag-step up lang ako at huwag pansinin.”
Acosta’s big game also had nothing to do going up against his former team. He considered the game as another day in the office.
“Ganun naman sa basketball, ngayon kakampi mo, sa susunod, kalaban mo na sila. Sa business na ito, ready kami sa ganun,” added Acosta.
With Acosta on fire with his torrid shooting, Biñan was able to get back on the winning track. The team picked up its third win in seven games.
Basilan absorbed back-to-back losses and fell to 3-3.