Makati nips Pampanga in thrilling finish as Kib Montalbo plays hero’s role

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Kib Montalbo was just waiting for the right moment to reaffirm his role as one of the key players of the Makati Super Crunch.

One of the few new recruits of the Super Crunch, the former La Salle guard patiently waited for the right moment to get himself fit in the system of Coach Cholo Villanueva.

On Wednesday night, Montalbo presided down the stretch and played the hero’s role, knocking in a buzzer-beating jumper that propelled the Super Crunch to an exciting 96-94 win over the stunned Pampanga Giant Lanterns in the MPBL Lakan Season at the JCSGO Gym in Quezon City.

Montalbo’s jumper sent the entire Super Crunch and their supporters in jubilation. Players immediately chased Montalbo, who ran full sped to the other end of the court as his teammates mobbed him in celebration of their most thrilling win of the season.

The six-foot guard summed up the outpouring of emotions.

“It’s the biggest shot of my career and first game winner of my life. I’ve worked hard for the past few weeks. My mindset was to work hard and get back kasi nga I got injured. I was supposed to be out for three weeks,” Montalbo told FOX Sports Philippines in an exclusive interview.

Montalbo hit the last four points of the game and it touched off the Super Crunch’s huge come from behind win.

Makati held Pampanga without a field goal in the last 4:43 of the match, then unloaded a furious 14-3 exchange to overcome a nine-point deficit.

For Montalbo, this game winner would certainly boost his approach to the game even more.

“I was just trying to keep on improving, that’s the goal. Makati’s goal is to win the championship and back up lang ako kay Kuya Rudy (Lingganay), Simon (Atkins), but I worked hard since May and I’d like to help out in the campaign,” added Montalbo.

Following its latest win, Makati improved its win-loss record to 8-1 and stretched its winning streak to four. Pampanga lost another heart breaker and dropped to 6-4 for fifth spot in the tough northern division of this tournament put up by Senator Manny Pacquiao with PBA legend and former MVP Kenneth Duremdes serving as commissioner.

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