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Apinan takes over in OT vs GenSan as Makati snaps out of funk in MPBL



Tiebreaker Times Apinan takes over in OT vs GenSan as Makati snaps out of funk in MPBL Basketball MPBL News  Robby Celiz Rhuel Acot Pamboy Raymundo Mikey Williams Makati Super Crunch Juneric Baloria Jeckster Apinan General Santos City Warriors Cedric Ablaza 2019-20 MPBL Lakan Cup

BIÑAN — Jeckster Apinan went berserk in overtime to lift Makati-Super Crunch over GenSan-Burlington 91-90, in the 2019-20 Chooks-to-Go MPBL Lakan Season, Thursday at the Alonte Sports Arena here.

Apinan buried the buzzer-beating lay-in off the dish of Cedric Ablaza, giving Makati a much-needed victory after losing four of their last five games.

The Jose Rizal University product scored 10 of the 12 Super Crunch points in overtime. He eventually ended with monster numbers of 29 points on a 9-of-14 clip, 13 rebounds, five assists, two steals, and a block.

“Jeckster is one of the leaders of the team. He’s been a very good offensive and defensive player. A good attitude on and off the court,” head coach Beaujing Acot said.

On the other hand, Mikey Williams scored all of the Warriors’ 11 markers in extra period to finish with 21 points and seven assists.

Tied at 79, Jong Baloria and Cristopher Masaglang exchanged sorry misses to send the game to overtime.

Ablaza added 21 points, seven boards, three dimes, two steals and two blocks for Makati, while Baloria had 12 markers.

Robby Celiz came through for GenSan with 13 points, 17 rebounds, five assists, and three blocks. Meanwhile, Pamboy Raymundo just missed triple-double with 13 markers, 10 assists, and nine boards.

Makati improved its win-loss record to 22-8, snapping its two-game slump. On the other hand, the Warriors slipped to 16-12, leaving the window open for Cebu-Casino Ethyl Alcohol to enter the post-season.

The Scores:

Makati-Super Crunch 91 Apinan 29, Ablaza 21, Baloria 12, Villanueva 9, Lingganay 6, Cruz 5, Importante 4, Sedurifa 3, Atkins 2, Cayanan 0, Manlangit 0.

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GenSan-Burlington 90 – Williams 21, Raymundo 13, Celiz 13, Mahaling 12, Masaglang 12, Goloran 9, Orbeta 3, Bautista 3, Cabanag 2, Baltazar 2, Cinco 0, Landicho 0.

Quarterscores: 18-17, 36-37, 57-59, 79-79, 91-90.

Story by Justin Valencia
Photo by Thel Suliva