Staring at a three-game losing skid, the Cebu Sharks turned to their old reliable who flexed his muscles and carried his team on his shoulders Wednesday night in the MPBL Lakan Season at the San Andres Gym.
Will McAloney pumped in 28 points and proved to be a one man wrecking crew to power the Sharks to a 74-70 win over the Zamboanga-Family’s Brand Sardines.
It was only the fifth win in 13 games for Cebu, but that was enough to break an alarming skid and put the Sharks back on track halfway the elimination round of this tournament put up by Senator Manny Pacquiao with PBA legend and former MVP Kenneth Duremdes serving as commissioner.
McAloney hit 11-of-15 shots from the field and simply outplayed his counterparts up front.
Following the loss, Zamboanga dropped into a tie with Bicol at seventh to eighth spots, both carrying an 8-8 card.
Also getting back on the winning track was Gen San, which outplayed Pasig, 91-82, in the other game.
Juju Bautista finished with 23 points while Pamboy Raymundo dished out a double-double performance for Gen San, which bounced back from two straight losses and improved its standing to 11-4 for solo third spot in the southern division.
Raymundo had 14 points and 11 assists and set the tone for Gen San’s fluid offense. The Warriors shot a steady 50-percent shooting from the field and dished out 26 assists, 12 more than their rivals.
Three more players also ended up in double figures for Gen San. John Orbeta contributed 13 while Rob Celiz and Daryl Goloran tallied 12 apiece.
Manila salvaged a 96-96 squeaker of Navotas in the main game as Gian Abrigo finished with a double-double performance of 18 points and 11 boards to lead the Stars to their 12th win in 14 games and solidified their hold of the solo second spot of the tough northern division.