Makati sustains win run; Mandaluyong stops MPBL bleeding

Special Olympics athlete Matthew Millett of Team USA with the 3/4 court buzzer beater!

MAKATI stretched its winning run to six in the MPBL Datu Cup, whipping Caloocan on the same night Mandaluyong stopped the bleeding and kept its hopes alive for a playoff berth Monday night at the Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig.

The Super Crunch shackled the Longrich-backed Supremos, holding them to just 31-percent shooting from the field (19-of-60) and a miserable shooting from  beyond the arc — 8-percent (2-of-24) on their way to an easy 79-57 triumph.

Almond Vosotros led the way for the Supremos just as expected, but he struggled for 13 points on a paltry 2-of-9 shooting from the field as he obviously became the focal point of the defense of Makati.

With Caloocan’s top gun grounded, the rest of the team suffered as none were able to finish in double figures that led to the Supremos’ fourth straight loss and a 4-12 win-loss record.

Caloocan is owner of the tournament’s second worst record in the tough northern division of this event put up by Senator Manny Pacquiao with PBA legend and former MVP Kenneth Duremdes serving as commissioner.

For Makati, the sixth straight victory firmed up the squad’s hold of the fourth spot. The Super Crunch improved their win-loss record to 12-4, just a game behind the Manila Stars and a game and a half behind second placer San Juan Knights.

As good as Makati is, Mandaluyong played its best game since being deserted by Ray Parks and co. as the Dataland-supported Tigers picked up a crucial 102-91 win over the Bulacan Kuyas-Mighty Sports.

The Tigers displayed balance firepower in stopping the bleeding in this tournament.

Staring at a seven-game losing skid, the Tigers drew double-digit production from five players led by Antonio Bonsurbe, who had his first career double-double performance of 16 points and 10 rebounds.

Jeff Javillonar added 15 markers, while Gian Abrigo chipped in 12.  JV Orera had his best game since transferring to the Tigers’ lair, adding 11, the same output tallied by Janus Lozada, as Mandaluyong got back on the winning track since last winning their game on September 5 against the Parañaque Patriots, 77-75.

Mandaluyong improved its win-loss record to 7-8 to stay at sixth spot in the northern division.