BALANGA, BATAAN - Bataan and Cebu sustained their winning runs late Saturday night at the resumption of the MPBL Datu Cup to boost their chances for a playoff berth.
Playing in front of another soldout crowd at the People’s Center, the Bataan Risers outplayed the Pasay Voyagers, 77-60, as Rob 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 as the Risers picked up their fifth win in as many games at home.
By 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 lowering its guard.
“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 the elimination phase where teams are required to play 25 games each. But the 11-1 win-loss record is the best in the league, and so is the 11-game win streak.
Like Bataan, Cebu also kept rolling by edging the Pasig Pirates, 56-53, for its fourth straight win and fifth against eight losses.
Pasig, owner of the tournament’s worst record, absorbed its 10th loss in 12 games.