A dozen and still counting, Makati is playing better as the MPBL Datu Cup elimination round wears on.
On Wednesday night, the Super Crunch played yet another superb performance in outplaying Navotas, 96-87, at the Navotas Sports Complex.
Six players finished in double figures for the Super Crunch led by Jeckster Apinan, who came away with a double-double effort.
Apinan, a former player of the NLEX Road Warriors, ended up with 20 points and 13 rebounds. He had nine markers in the fourth period to keep a hold of his squad.
Also stepping up big was fellow ex-pro Joseph Sedurifa, who had 15 points, the same output tallied by Cedric Ablaza. John Rey Villanueva added 13, Rudy Lingganay chipped in 11 and Mark Isip had 10 in a display of balance firepower by Makati, which now moved up to second spot at 18-4 card.
Both the Super Crunch and the Manila Stars carry the same win-loss record but the former will get the No.2 spot by virtue of the win over the other rule.
“It’s the players’ commitment to continue winning and get better. That’s the reason why we’re successful,” said Makati coach Cholo Villanueva. “We’ve not yet peaked at this time and we’re not concern about peaking too early. Joseph is one of those players who are starting to peak.”
Makati was a steady presence on both ends of the court. Its vaunted pressure defense grounded Navotas, which was held to just 38-percent shooting (30-of-79) from the field. One of those players who struggled was Jai Reyes, who was held to just seven markers.
While they’re busy making stops, the Super Crunch also shot steady from the field, hitting 51-percent (41-of-81). Makati also scored 60 points inside compared to only 48 for Navotas.
The Super Crunch also scored 48 points off the bench, 20 more than their rivals.