ALMOND Vosotros exploded for 31 points to lead the Caloocan Supremos back on the winning track after outlasting Marikina, 94-91, in the MPBL Datu Cup at the Caloocan Sports Complex.
It was the second straight home court win for the Longrich-backed Supremos, who now improved their win-loss record to 9-14 in the tough northern division.
With two games left on their schedule, the Supremos can guarantee an exit in the next round by sweeping their remaining matches. Teams from seventh to 10th spots have eight wins, but Caloocan stayed at 11th place due to the win-loss percentage mark.
But Caloocan has a strong chance of making it to the next level depending on its next two assignments and the outcome of the matches from teams from seventh to 10th places.
In the midst of the Supremos’ latest win was Vosotros, the former Gilas Pilipinas Cadet stalwart, who hit six triples while also dishing out six assists and pulling down five boards.
His two free throws in the last six seconds of the match proved to be the final tally, but Caloocan had to put a stop on Marikina’s next two attempts.
The Shoemasters had two chances to level the count for the last time. Yves Sazon missed a potential game tying trey while Ronald Roy also missed a possible equalizer before the final buzzer sounded as Caloocan escaped with the win.
Caloocan spoiled another big game from celebrity baller Gerald Anderson, who tallied 11 markers and became one of four Marikina players to end up in double figures.
Ryan Costelo paced the losers with 25 points followed by Sazon’s 23. JR Ng Sang had a double-double performance of 16 points and 11 rebounds for Marikina.
By losing to Caloocan, Marikina absorbed its 13th loss in 20 games and stayed at No. 11 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.
Batangas City relied on the double-double effort of Jhaymo Eguilos and a more productive game from Val Acuna as the inaugural staging champions survived Pasig, 69-62.
Eguilos had 12 points and 12 rebounds while Acuña led all Batangas scorers with 15.
Jeff Viernes contributed 12 while another ex-pro, Lester Alvarez, chipped in 10 for the Tanduay-backed Athletics, who improved their win-loss mark to 13-9 and firmed up its hold of the No. 3 spot down south.