Makati rolled to its fifth straight win after shutting down Gab Banal and the Bacoor Strikers, 73-67, in Monday’s MPBL Datu Cup match at the Ynares Center in Pasig City.
It was the fifth straight win for the Super Crunch, who now improved their win-loss record to 11-4.
Rizal clobbered Cebu, 80-57, in the other game.
Seeing Makati employing its run, jump and switch pressure defense wasn’t surprising at all, but what was more surprising was the fact that its game plan of grounding Gab Banal worked well for the streaking squad of coach Cholo Villanueva.
Banal scored 11 first quarter points, but his production was shut down completely by the pesky, irritating defense of the Super Crunch as the MVP front runner was held without a field goal in the second half.
The second generation player’s basket came via split charities, but he completely felt discomfort on the kind of defense thrown at him by his rivals.
Banal finished with 14 points, but the Strikers suffered their sixth loss in 14 games.
Earlier, Bacoor got a big break when the MPBL Commissioner’s Office decided to uphold the protest made by the Strikers during their game against the Parañaque Patriots.
The management filed a protest after an early decision of a two-point basket awarded to Mac Montilla was reversed to a three-point shot in the fourth period of their previous game that ended 82-81 in favor of the Patriots.
Following reviews made by the technical team headed by George Magsino, the group found out that there was an error in judgment made by crew chief Jay Castroverde, who reversed the two-point basket called by referee Jonard Belnas in the 9:19 mark of the third period on Mac Montilla and upgraded it to a three-point shot.
The correction was made inside the last seven minutes of the fourth period.
MPBL Commissioner Kenneth Duremdes also nullified the outcome of the said match and ordered a rematch of the last five minutes of the game – the extra period – in the last day of the elimination round.
“Should there be no more bearing in their standings, there will be no need for a rematch,” added Duremdes.