AFTER absorbing its first loss in the MPBL Lakan Season, the Makati Super Crunch got back on the winning track by repulsing the Cebu City Sharks, 73-67, on Tuesday night at the Muntinlupa Sports Complex.
The Super Crunch found themselves on the brink of collapse but timely baskets from Jeckster Apinan and Joseph Sedurifa bailed out Makati, which improved its win-loss record to 5-1 for third spot in the tough northern division.
“We still have a lot of things to improve on and one of them is our killer’s instinct,” said Makati coach Cholo Villanueva.
The Super Crunch saw their 11-point lead inside the final four minutes wiped out by the Patrick Cabahug-less Sharks, who unloaded nine unanswered points and trimmed the deficit to two, 63-61 off a Wil McAloney’s lay up with 1:55 left.
But Apinan completed a three-point play and Sedurifa added seven more points to keep the Super Crunch at bay.
Cebu, which dropped to 3-5, played without top gun Cabahug, who was suffering from abscess.
Also winning Tuesday’s encounters were Muntinlupa and Paranaque.
The Cagers relied on double-double performances by Edsel Mag-Isa and Ryusei Koga to pull off a 106-100 win over the Quezon City Capitals.
Known as an enforcer, Mag-Isa emerged as the Cagers’ premier frontliner in their latest win as he pumped in 24 points and 11 rebounds while Koga drilled in 22 markers on top of 14 assists.
Paranaque edged Imus, 81-77, in the other game as Jemal Vizcarra and Keith Pido joined forces in giving the Patriots their third win in eight games. Imus dropped to 2-4.