New recruits Almond Vosotros and Jeff Viernes quickly made their presence felt for their respective teams as they came away with big games and leading their squads to huge wins over their rivals in the Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League (MPBL) Datu Cup.
A player who briefly saw action for Blackwater but spent a long time being part of the national team program either as a rookie or as a pro, Vosotros wasted no time unraveling his total package.
Vosotros finished with 23 points, 11 rebounds and six assists to stop Caloocan’s bleeding and help the team in scoring an 84-75 triumph over General Santos City.
With Vosotros taking charge, the Longrich-backed Supremos were able to snap a seven-game losing skid, winning their third in 11 games.
The Warriors absorbed their sixth loss in 10 games.
Mar Villahermosa led all scorers with 25 markers, but Vosotros entry apparently became the game changer.
“Iba talaga yung impact niya. Not on scoring, but providing leadership,” said Caloocan coach John Kallos. “Dati, lumalaban naman kami, pero pagdating sa endgame, doon kami nagkakaproblema. Ngayon, we have someone who can take charge.”
Like Vosotros, Jeff Viernes, who briefly saw action for the TNT Ka Tropa last season, provided Batangas City Athletics-Tanduay a big lift in dealing Mandaluyong El Tigre-Dataland a 61-57 loss.
Taking over from Bong Galanza, Viernes splendidly blended in with the system of head coach Mac Tan. He knocked in 11 of his 13 points in the second half, while providing stability in the backcourt.
Batangas has yet to make it to the .500 mark, but the win improved its win-loss record to 5-6.
Mandaluyong remained winless at home and slipped to 6-4. It was the third straight loss of the El Tigre.