MPBL: Ablaza leads Makati to overwhelming home win over Muntinlupa
Bob Guerrero on Nov 19, 2019 09:22 AM
"Kinausap kami ni coach na dapat stick with the system, pass the ball, execute the plays at aggressive sa defense." - Cedric Ablaza
Makati Super Crunch notched an eighth straight win with a decisive 81-68 triumph against the Muntinlupa Cagers Angelis Resort in the Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League Lakan Season on Monday night. It was the first ever home game for Super Crunch at the Makati Coliseum and the side did not disappoint the huge home crowd.
Former pro Cedric Ablaza was adjudged best player of the game with 13 points and 9 rebounds.
"Kinausap kami ni coach na dapat stick with the system, pass the ball, execute the plays at aggressive sa defense," said Ablaza after.
Super Crunch siezed the initiative in the second quarter with Ablaza and homegrown Edwin Osoro leading the way as Makati crafted a 35-26 halftime lead. Makati guard Rudy Lingganay bossed the third quarter with a pair of daring driving layups and an inch-perfect bullet pass assist to Jeckster Apinan as the Makatizens entered the final period leading 59-48.
The home side stamped their class in the fourth with a clinic of unselfish play. Ablaza and Apinan combined for a 7-0 run for a 68-51 lead with six minutes to go that proved to be a bridge too far for Angelis Resort. Makati obviously enjoyed their newly-refurbished home, and will host Manila there next week.
Cholo Villanueva's team advances to 18-3 while the Cagers remain at the bottom of the North Division at 5-16. Edzel Mag-isa's 15 points was a bright spot for the Muntinlupeños.
The early evening face-off saw the Iloilo United Royals torpedo an out-of-sorts Pasig Sta. Lucia Realtors team 79-65.
Alfrancis Tamsi was unguardable for United as he lit up the Sta. Lucia defense for 26 points, including 6 three-pointers from 11 tries. Richard Escoto was also a big contributor with 18 markers.
The Royals were up 41-33 at the half, with Tamsi converting a rare four-point play to end the second quarter.
Iloilo really turned the screws in the third. In that pivotal quarter Escoto and JR Parker hit three-pointers and Tamsi knocked in two three-bombs near the end to help cement a 61-45 lead going into the final canto.
Pasig got the lead to within 10, 52-62 on an Argel Mendoza triple, but Tamsi hit another three-pointer as part of a personal six-point run to douse any hopes of a Sta. Lucia revival.
The Realtors shot a paltry 34 % from the field and appeared to miss the injured Jeric Teng, who again watched a game in street clothes.
Rob Manalang led them in scoring with 16 but the Pasigueños see a two-game win streak halted as they go to 13-8, joining a logjam of several teams with the same slate. Iloilo, on the other hand, with for third game on the trot and get to 12-8, well-placed for a run at the top four playoff seeds.
The opening contest of the day saw the Pasay Voyagers upend the Cebu Sharks - Casino Ethyl Alcohol, 82-75.
The Pasayeños built the foundation of their win on rebounding, prevailing in the battle of the boards 41-32. Seventeen of those caroms were gathered by the league's leading rebounder, Dhon Reverente. The Navy man also led his team in points with 16.
The Voyagers started hot, leading by as much as 17 in the first quarter thanks to Elmar Moradas' and Jaypee Belencion's hot hands.
In the third period Moradas, Axel Inigo, Belencion, and Jason Opiso all connected from beyond the arc as the Voyagers started the last segment leading 64-52. A pair of Nichole Ubalde free throws pulled the Queen City crew to within 9, 66-57 early in the fouth, but soon after Pasay unleashed a 9-2 run that bloated the lead to 17 with four and a half minutes to go.
Cebu center Will McAloney led the Sharks with 16 points but Noy Falcasantos' team sees a three-game win streak end as the club drops to 9-11. Pasay conclude a four game losing skid and are at 13-10, in a dogfight for the lower playoff seeds in the North Division.