Makati Super Crunch downed a valiant Zamboanga Family's Brand Sardines squad after an incredible 55 minutes of basketball, 111-106, in the Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League Lakan Season on Wednesday night.
The triple overtime thriller was the first game of the sked in the Ynares Center in Antipolo City, but it deserved top billing after series of big shots in the end from both teams.
Makati's Joseph Sedurifa scored a clutch and-one with a minute left in the third extension for a 109-106 score that finally subdued the Zamboangenos, who lose despite an epic 33-point day from Alvin Pasaol and several late triples from Robin Roño, who ended up with 17 points.
Earning best player of the game honors was Super Crunch's Cedric Ablaza, who notched 26 points and five rebounds.
"Kinausap ko ang team na kailangan kami mag step up kase wala na kaming point guard, puro foul trouble," said Ablaza.
Simon Atkins was tossed in the third quarter for two technicals, while Jeckster Apinan also fouled out. Rudy Lingganay and Jong Baloria were also saddled with four fouls down the stretch.
Roño hit a big three with under two minutes left in regulation for a 74-73 Family's Brand lead. Super Crunch had led by as much as 17 in the game. Hans Thiele made it 78-75 for Zamboanga with 27 seconds to go. But Makati's Baloria sent the game into OT at 78-all with a three-bomb in the next play.
A Jeckster Apinan lay-up gave Makati a 6 point lead with a minute and a half left in the first OT but a pair of Roño triples and a late layup by Pasaol sent the game into a second extension at 89-all.
In the second OT, Kib Montalbo thought he had won the game for Makati with a dazzling lay-up with 14 ticks to go for a 99-96 lead. But seconds later Zamboanga's Anton Asistio banked in a stunning last-gasp three-bomb for 99-99 and yet another extension.
Asistio would tie the game with another three in the third OT for 106-106 with a little over a minute to go, but that set the table for Sedurifa to close out the game.
Baloria and Apinan also had big games with 22 points apiece as Cholo Villanueva's team advances to 17-3 while Zamboanga goes to 12-9.
In the featured game Biñan City Laguna Luxxe White Krah relied on a strong final period to repulse the Rizal Xentro Mall Golden Coolers, 92-82.
Macky Acosta led the Laguneños with 17 points while Allan Mangahas and Kyle Neypes combined for three alley-oop conversions in the game while compiling 12 and 16 points, respectively.
Biñan led 38-34 at the half but Rizal hung in there with solid third quarter contributions from Jonathan Lacastesantos and Rommel Saliente. And yet Luxxe White Krah went into the last quarter up 62-57.
A Buenaventura Raflores free throw brought the Golden Coolers to within 4, 78-74 with three minutes to go.
But a 10-3 Biñan spurt finally brought an end to Rizal's resistance. Biñan keep their faint playoff hopes afloat with an 8-14 card while Rizal loses an eighth consecutive game. Rizal have never won a home game in MPBL history.
James Earl Regalado led Rizal with 15 points.
The early evening game saw the Cebu Sharks - Casino Ethyl Alcohol cruise to an 83-71 win against Navotas Uni-Pak Sardines.
Once again it was Cebu's homegrown center Will McAloney leading the way with 32 points and 14 boards.
The Navoteños trailed by five, 56-51 heading into the last segment of the game.
A 10-2 Sharks burst to begin the fourth quarter put Navotas in a hole, 66-53. Navotas talisman Jhong Bondoc provided three straight buckets to pull Uni-Pak to within 6, 68-62 with just under four minutes left.
But in the endgame McAloney, Rhaffy Octubre, and Kraniel Viloria combined to overwhelm Navotas. Casino Ethyl Alcohol surge to 9-10 in the standings while slump to 5-14 despite Bondoc's team-high 18 points.