CALOOCAN and Bulacan relied on their awesome twosome to turn back their respective rivals in the MPBL Datu Cup on Wednesday night at the Caloocan Sports Complex.
The Caloocan Supremos counted on the dynamic duo of Paul Sanga and Amond Vosotros to whip the Pampanga Lanterns-ADG Construction, 78-62, and keep their hopes alive for a playoff berth in the fastest growing regional amateur basketball league put up by Senator Manny Pacquiao with PBA legend Kenneth Duremdes serving as commissioner.
Sanga, a former player of Kia in the PBA, knocked in six triples on his way to finishing with 22 points.
The Supremos, backed by Longrich, was paced by Vosotros, who came away with 23 points on top of dishing out eight assists and pulling down seven boards in an all-around effort that led to his team’s fifth win in 17 games.
They have snapped their four-game losing skid.
Caloocan, however, has a lot of catching up to do as it remained at 12th spot of the tough northern division.
Earlier, Bulacan blasted Pampanga, 87-70, as the Kuyas banked on their own 1-2 punch in James Martinez and the rejuvenated Ogie Menor.
Martinez, who had a brief stint playing for the Powerade Tigers in the PBA, tallied 15 points.
The biggest revelation, however, was Menor, plucked out of retirement coming from the United States, who played his best game of the season. He ended up with 13 markers and provided the intangibles for the Kuyas, who notched their 11th win in 17 games to stay at fifth spot in the northern division.
Head coach Britt Reroma believes Menor is just starting to pick up his game.
“I think we’ll see more of better games from him. He’s still not in tip-top condition, but he’ll be an asset to this team,” added Reroma. — Rey Joble