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Makati blasts Bicol-LCC Malls in MPBL

August 10, 2019

Jeckster Apinan’s stellar performance powered Makati-Super Crunch to an 83-75 battering of Bicol-LCC Malls, its second straight victory, in the Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League (MPBL) Lakan Cup on Thursday night at the Caloocan Sports Complex.

The veteran forward Apinan finished with a double-double of 20 points and 10 rebounds, as Makati solidified its hold of No. 3 in the North Division with a 6-1 record.

In the other games, Basilan-Jumbo Plastic posted its third consecutive win after mauling Mindoro, 105-89, while home team Caloocan-Victory Liner also notched the same with an 89-74 beating of Bacolod-Master Sardines.

Rudy Lingganay chipped in 11 points while Joseph Sedurifa and Joshua Torralba added 10 markers apiece for Makati.

Chris Lalata had 14 points and eight rebounds while Alwyn Alday and Ronjay Buenafe had 12 and 10 markers, respectively. The Volcanoes, fell to No. 7 in the South Division with a 5-5 slate.

Meanwhile, Basilan banked on balanced offense in battering Mindoro to stay at No. 4 in the South with a 6-3 card.

Shaq Alanes fired a team-high 16 points and Irven Palencia 14. Four other players scored in double digits for the Steel.

Gab Dagangon drilled in a double-double of 12 points and 12 rebounds, Jerald Bautista also notched 12 markers, Hesed Gabo tallied a 10-point, 10-assist double-double and Bobby Balucanag contributed 10 markers in the win.

Rodel Vaygan’s 28-point explosion on top of 12 boards and six dimes went down the drain as Mindoro remained at No. 10 in the South with a 3-5 sheet.

In the closing game, Caloocan leaned on the trio of Rene Pacquiao, Damian Lasco and John Escalambre to cruise past Bacolod. Caloocan ascended to No. 10 in the North with a 4-5 record.

Pacquiao, cousin of boxing legend and MPBL founder Manny, posted a double-double of 14 points and 11 rebounds, Lasco chalked another 14 markers while Escalambre logged 13 points for the Supremos.

Paolo Javelona had a game-best 30 points and eight boards but his efforts were not enough to save Bacolod from dropping to No. 12 in the South with a 3-5 card.

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