by Kristel Satumbaga
The Laguna Heroes and Caloocan Supremos posted contrasting victories yesterday in Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League Datu Cup at the Caloocan Sports Complex.
The Heroes pulled away from a 57-all tie in the final 1:16 to turn back the Marikina Shoemasters, 63-61, while the Supremos overpowered the Pasay Voyagers, 85-63.
Paolo Pontejos had 13 points while Michael Mabulac added 12 points and 18 rebounds as the Heroes hiked their tally to 9-11. The Shoemasters skidded to 7-11.
The Supremos set the tone early with a 27-15 lead and limited the Voyagers to only nine points for a 41-24 halftime advantage en route to their seventh win against 13 defeats.
Rene Pacquiao, a second cousin of Manny Pacquaio, paced the Supremos with 20 points and seven boards, Almond Vostros and Jessmar Villahermosa had 14 points each, and Paul Sanga added 12 points.