ANTIPOLO — The streak goes on for Batangas and Makati.
On Wednesday night here at the Ynares Center, the Athletics and the Super Crunch carved out contrasting wins over their respective rivals and continued their winning run in the MPBL Datu Cup.
The Tanduay-backed Athletics repulsed a game Rizal Crusaders-Xentro Mall in overtime, 92-90, to extend their winning streak to four games.
Batangas City, the inaugural staging champion, which is now regaining its old form after an early struggle in this tournament, improved their win-loss record to 8-6 and moved up to fourth spot in the southern division of this tournament put up by Senator Manny Pacquiao with PBA legend and former MVP Kenneth Duremdes serving as commissioner.
For veteran guard Lester Alvarez, the streak is an indication that the team is slowly but surely regaining its championship form.
“Nung una kasi, masama talaga simula namin dahil sa injuries, then marami ring bago kaya hirap kami sa chemistry,” Alvarez, a key figure in Batangas City’s championship run last season, told FOX Sports Philippines.
Alvarez finished with 23 points while Jhaymo Eguilos and Bong Quinto combined for nine of the Athletics’ last 11 points in overtime.
But the Athletics had to struggle before picking up their latest win, something Alvarez expected.
“Yun talaga ang tendency. Kapag medyo mahina kalaban, nagri-relax, pero sa totoo lang, wala naman talagang mahinang team. At any given night, pwede silang maka-sorpresa, kaya kami nahirapan kanina,” he added.
Earlier, Makati also kept its winning run going with its latest win, a 77-65 triumph over Zamboanga.
Now known as the Super Crunch, the Makati squad unloaded 30 points in the fourth period to turn back the Family’s Brand Sardines-supported Valientes.