MPBL: Hot-shooting Acosta sparks Biñan to win over Basilan

Bob Guerrero on Jul 20, 2019 07:46 AM
 MPBL: Hot-shooting Acosta sparks Biñan to win over Basilan
"Galing kami sa 2 straight losses, kaya kinausap ako ng coaches, sinabi nila na kailangan manalo para di bumaba sa standings." - Macky Acosta (FILE PHOTO)

A career shooting night for Macky Acosta spelled the difference as the Biñan City Krah Heroes derailed Basilan Steel Jumbo Plastic 94-78 on Friday night in the Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League Lakan Cup at the Alonte Sports Arena in Biñan, Laguna.

An unconscious Acosta torched his former club with a career-high 24 points, featuring an incredible 6 for 7 clip from beyond the arc.

Biñan end their two-game losing skid to improve their record to 3-4.

Meanwhile, Basilan are back at .500 with a 3-3 record.

"Galing kami sa two straight losses, kaya kinausap ako ng coaches, sinabi nila na kailangan manalo para di bumaba sa standings," said Acosta.

The third quarter saw the Steel unspooling a 10-0 run to pull to within four, 44-40. Cris Dumapig was crucial as he scattered 12 points in the period.

However, the Krah Heroes kept the visitors at bay with terrific three-point sniping in this canto. Acosta, Andretti Stevens, James Castanares and Kyle Neypes all connected from rainbow counry to finish the third up, 66-52.

Biñan mounted a 8-2 run to start the fourth quarter and put the game away. Acosta popped in another trio of triples in the final period.

In the first game, Zamboanga Family's Brand Sardines came back late to stun the Pasay Voyagers 83-82 on Ryan Costelo's fadeaway jumper with 16 ticks to go.

The game-winner capped an astonishing late comeback by the Zamboanguenos, who were down by 12 with three and a half minutes to go after Raymund Ilagan's driving layup put Pasay up, 78-66.

Zamboanga refused to give up and got baskets by Reed Juntila, Leo de Vera, Costelo, and Med Salim. The Mindanao squad took an 81-80 lead on Costelo's free throw with under a minute left.

Jan Jamon gave Pasay the lead before Costelo took it back with his memorable score. Pasay had a chance to to win with a few seconds left but the Family's Brand Sardines defense forced Jamon to a poor shot, confirming the Zamboanga escape.

Costelo topscored with 22 points while Pasay absorbed another heartbreaking loss, with Dhon Reverente's 17-point, 12-rebound evening going to waste.

Pasay goes to 3-4 while Zamboanga evens their slate at 3-3.

The second game saw Manila Stars Frontrow demolish the Pampanga Giant Lanterns, 92-76. The Manilenos unleashed an offensive barrage in the first half to lead, 52-29.

The Pampanguenos actually won both the third and fourth quarters but it was too late.

From being down as much as 27, Pampanga cut the lead to as small as 12 in the fourth quarter before finally succumbing to the offensive juggernaut led by Chris Bitoon with 18 points, Aris Dionisio with 15 and Carlo Lastimosa with 13.

There was some late fireworks off the floor when Jhygruz Vence Laude of Manila was bloodied by a hard foul from Lantern Reil Cervantes in the fourth. In the commotion that ensued, the Frontrow bench was slapped with a technical.

Manila vaults to 5-1 in the standings while Pampanga slips to 3-3.

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