by Kristel Satumbaga
The Manila Stars continued their surge and whipped the Caloocan Longrich, 95-68, in the Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League (MPBL) Datu Cup at the Ynares Center.
Aristotle Dionisio posted a double-double of 24 points and 10 rebounds as the Stars stretched their winning run to six games to improve to 7-1 behind unbeaten Muntinlupa Cagers.
Christopher Bitoon also paced the Stars with 18 points, five assists and three steals while Reil Cervantes chipped in 14 points and nine boards.
Jopher Custodio had 18 points while Jess Villahermosa finished with 11 points, 10 rebounds, six assists and three steals for the Longrich, which took their sixth defeat in eight games.
In the other game, the Navotas Clutch held the Rizal Crusaders to only eight points in the fourth quarter en route to their 87-81 victory.