Makati played unselfish basketball on top of playing relentless defense to outplay Tuesday’s rival, Pasig, 101-87, in the MPBL Lakan Season at the Valenzuela Astrodome.
The Super Crunch of Makati dished out 32 assists as a team, more than half than their counterparts from the Sta. Lucia Realtors of Pasig, which could only come up with 15.
Joshua Torralba presided on his team’s offense, drilling in 24 points while Jeckster Apinan contributed 18. Cedric Ablaza came away with 12 points while Joseph Sedurifa pulled down 12 rebounds. Rudy Lingganay dished out nine assists as these players from Makati did a little bit of everything to tow the Super Crunch to their 13th win in 16 games and solidified their hold of the third spot of the northern division.
Makati moved half a game behind second placer Manila and two games behind pacesetter San Juan in the tough division of the tournament put up by Senator Manny Pacquiao with PBA legend and former MVP Kenneth Duremdes serving as commissioner.
Not only did Makati play unselfish basketball, the team was also more active attacking the basket as the Super Crunch came away with 54 points, 32 more than their rivals.
The loss was the fifth in 15 games for Pasig, which now holds a full game advantage over fifth seed Pasay Voyagers.
Bataan blasted Bacolod, 84-65, to get back on the winning track.
Byron Villarias and Reed Juntilla combined for 46 points to lead the explosive tandem of the Risers, who improved their win-loss record to 8-8.
But it was Bataan’s defense on Paolo Javelona, the talented guard of Bacolod, which proved to be the big difference. The ex-pro guard was held to only three points on a paltry 1-of-13 shooting from the field.
In the main game, Val Acuna quickly made his presence felt with his new squad, Valenzuela Classic as the inaugural staging MVP knocked in 18 points, including five triples, helping the home squad in scoring a convincing 97-83 win over the Muntinlupa Cagers.