DAVAO — Cebu survived Caloocan, 71-70, to keep its playoff hopes alive in the MPBL Datu Cup late Wednesday night at the Rizal Memorial College Gymnasium.
The Casino Ethyl Alcohol-backed Sharks fought back from five points down in the last 1:39 of the game before getting the job done.
Jaybee Mantilla’s short jumper shoved the Sharks within 67-64, but it was Cebu’s big stop in the next play made possible by Raffy Octubre, which put the team back in the thick of the fight.
Octubre’s steal led to Victor Nuñez’s fast break basket at the other end as Cebu continued to put the pressure on Caloocan.
The Supremos’ meltdown had just completed when the Sharks came up with another big stop.
That led to another transition basket for Cebu as Bill McAloney scored the go-ahead bucket and put the Sharks on top, 68-67, still nine seconds left in the game.
Cebu came up with another big play as McAloney stole the ball from Cedric Labing-isa. The 6-foot-4, Fil-foreign player split his charities, 69-67, giving Caloocan another chance.
After another unproductive thrust for the Supremos, Patrick Cabahug practically sealed the win for the Sharks by hitting two free throws.
Cebu improved its win-loss record to 8-11 and kept a hold of the ninth spot in the southern division of this tournament.
The loss was the 13th in 18 games for the Supremos, who are still in 12th position of the tough northern division.