Bataan, Cebu still streaking in MPBL
ABS-CBN Sports on Nov 04, 2018 03:08 PM
Bataan remains the top team in the MPBL Datu Cup
Streaking teams Bataan and Cebu sustained their winning runs last Saturday in the resumption of the 2018 Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League Datu Cup, and their latest triumphs boosted their chances for a playoff berth.
Playing in front of another sold out crowd at the People’s Center in Bataan, the Risers outplayed the Pasay Voyagers, 77-60, as Robbie Celiz led the way with 16 points.
The ex-pro, who had a brief stint playing for the Blackwater Elite in the PBA and Alab Pilipinas in the ABL, also grabbed eight rebound and five assists and his all-around play rubbed off on the rest of Bataan, who also picked up their fifth win in as many games at home.
In stretching its winning streak to 11, Bataan kept its hold of the solo lead, but head coach Jojo Lastimosa doesn’t want to see his team stopping here.
“We want to see how far we can go,” added Lastimosa. “Either as a player or as a coach, you don’t want to feel contented on what you’ve achieved because in reality, we haven’t achieved anything yet.”
Lastimosa and his troops have yet to reach the halfway stage of this long, grueling elimination phase where teams are required to play 25 games each, but their 11-1 win-loss record remains the best in the tournament.
The 11-game winning streak is also the longest by any team in the league.
Like Bataan, Cebu also kept the good times rolling as they edged the Pasig Pirates, 56-53.
It was the fourth straight win for the Sharks who now improved their win-loss record to 5-8.
Pasig, owner of the tournament’s worst record, absorbed its 10th loss in 12 games.