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Cebu City Sharks defends home floor, takes down Makati Skyscrapers

By: Jonas N. Panerio October 07,2018 - 12:17 AM

Cebu City Sharks big man William Mcaloney barrels down the lane for a layup.
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The Cebu City Sharks-Casino Ethyl Alcohol took advantage of some good old home cooking as they took down the Makati Skyscrapers, 70-66, in the Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League (MPBL) Datu Cup on Saturday night at the raucous University of San Jose-Recoletos Coliseum.

Playing inspired basketball in front of their adoring fans and family members, the Sharks led by as much as 20 and fought off a comeback attempt by the Skyscrapers, thanks to clutch shots from sniper, Patrick Jan Cabahug and Harold Cincoflores to help Cebu City get its second win in 10 games.

The game was Cebu City’s very first home game this season.

Cabahug, a former University of the Visayas Baby Lancer, led the Sharks with 22 points and seven rebounds.

Ex-University of San Carlos big man, William McAloney, also had solid game with a double-double of 13 points and 10 rebounds to go with two assists and a blocked shot.

“Pride lang talaga. We just wanted to play with pride in front of our fans and family,” said a jubilant Cabahug after the game.

The Sharks got off to a strong start, leading by 11 after the first, 20-9, behind the combined 15 points of Cabahug and Rhaffy Octobre.

They remained in front, 37-27, at halftime but raised it to 20, 54-34, behind the spirited play of Victor Nunez, who scored all six of his points in the third. Makati, however, was still not done as a 12-2 rally capped by a deuce by Jerald Bautista brought the Skyscrapers to within seven, 53-60.

But Cebu City responded with two straight triples from Cabahug from the right corner to bring the lead back to 13, with 4:57 to go.

The Skyscrapers last threatened at 64-68 after a triple by Rudy Lingganay, a putback by Mark Isip and a steal and layup by Jeckster Apinan, with 49 seconds remaining.

They even had a shot to come closer after Cebu’s Cesar Catli lost the ball at the sideline.

But the Sharks’ defense held its ground, forcing the Skyscrapers into a turnover.

McAloney then put the win on ice with two free-throws with 20 ticks left.

Ablaza and Bautista had 10 points each for a Makati side that shot just 32% from the floor.

They also shot themselves in the foot from the charity stripe, where they missed 13 of their 34 attempts there.

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