The Caloocan Supremos - Victory Liner held their nerves down the stretch to repulse the determined Pasay Voyagers, 78-72, in Tuesday night play at the Lakan Season of the Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League.
Playing in front of a large home crowd at the Caloocan Sports Center, Almond Vosotros showed why he is one of the league's best, with a superb 22-point night's work.
"We were tired of losing, so nag-agree kami that we would play for our families," said the former De La Salle Green Archer.
Pasay enjoyed a 39-30 lead at the half that vaporized in the third quarter thanks to an inspired Paul Sanga, who logged 14 of his fifteen points in this period. It was also in this quarter where Voyager guard Ron Lastimosa dislocated his elbow and had to be rushed to the hospital.
Caloocan led by 10, 64-54, with 6 minutes to go when Pasay went on a furious run that included back-to-back-to-back triples from Elmar Moradas, Axel Inigo and John Jamon pulling them even at 66-all.
But from then on Vosotros took over with a pair of triples to seal the game, aided by three Voyager turnovers. Pasay coughed the ball up 28 times against just 13 turnovers on the ledger of the Supremos.
The Voyagers are the heartbreak kids of the MPBL as they lose a third close game in a row to fall to 3-4 while Caloocan is now sporting a 2-5 slate.
In the second match-up of the day, the Bataan Risers mowed down the Muntinlupa Cagers Angelis Resort, 83 - 56.
Bataan stormed out of the blocks early, taking a 28-16 lead at the end of the first quarter, where the prolific Alvin Pasaol scored 8 points. Pasaol finished with 20 to lead his team.
The Risers kept their foot on the pedal and with the help of Leonard Santillan's 15- point breakout game never looked threatened. John Ortuoste top-scored for Angelis Resort, who shot an abysmal 27 percent for the field.
Jong Uichico's Bataan ups their record to 3-3 while Muntinlupa is near the bottom of the South Division at 1-5.
Tuesday's action kicked off with a businesslike win by champs San Juan Go For Gold over Parañaque Yabo Sports via an 81-65 scoreline.
Randy Alcantara's team remains the only perfect side in the league at 6-0. Mac Cardona was the best player of the game with 16 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists for San Juan.
The Knights were in command for almost the entire game, although the Patriots did cut the lead to five early in the third.
In the fourth quarter, a 12-6 run featuring a Cardona triple quelled any hopes of a comeback by Parañaque. While San Juan shot 34 percent from beyond the arc Parañaque missed all but one of their 12 three-point attempts. Keith Pido was the only Patriot in double figures, with 10 points, while his team slumped to 2-5 in the table.