The visiting Caloocan Supremos ran away with a 90-67 against Solid San Juan in the Metro League Reinforced (2nd) Conference Thursday night at the San Juan City Gym.
The Supremos banked on their solid defense in the payoff period that saw them outscore Solid San Juan, 25-9 on the way to their third win in four starts in the North Division.
Joseph Brutas scored 22 points built on six triples to pace the Supremos while four players backed him up with Johnnel Rey Bauzon erupting for18 markers in just 20 minutes of play and Robbie Darang flirting with a triple double to the tune of 16 points, eight rebounds and eight assists.
Michael Canete paced Solid San Juan with 18 points and 13 boards.
In the other game, the Marikina Shoelanders pulled off a scary 64-63 win over Pateros-Metro Asia for its first win in two games in the M-League that is backed by the Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) and the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) and with Barangay 143 as league presentor.
Mel Mabigat tallied 12 points, six rebounds and four assists while import Jimmy Brown chipped in 10 points and 18 rebounds for the Shoelanders in the South Division of this tourney which also has Synergy 88, World Balance, Excellent Noodles and San Miguel Corporation as major sponsors and Manila Bulletin as media partner.
Meanwhile, Valenzuela Workhorse dealt the Taguig Generals their first loss in the tourney with a 72-67 victory – thanks to Jeric Diego’s 14-point and three-rebound showing.