After absorbing its first-ever loss in the MPBL Lakan Season, the Makati Super Crunch got back on the winning track after repulsing the Cebu City Sharks, 73-67, Tuesday night at the Muntinlupa Sports Complex.

The Super Crunch found themselves on the brink of collapse but timely baskets from Jeckster Apinan and Joseph Sedurifa bailed out Makati, which improved its win-loss record to 5-1 and moved to third spot of the tough northern division of this tournament put up by Senator Manny Pacquiao with PBA legend and former MVP Kenneth Duremdes serving as commissioner. 

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San Juan Knights–Exile added another feather to its cap by winning the first-ever Community Basketball Association-Pilipinas National Championship.

The Knights brought down Bicol champion Naga Water Borne, 80-77, in their thrilling winner-take-all encounter to capture the title before an adoring crowd at the San Juan gym last Monday.

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Replacing a legend was never going to be easy for Mike White. Billy Donovan was the coach who changed everything at Florida, winning back-to-back national titles and altering the Gators’ perception from a football school with a basketball program to a legitimate national brand that annually threatened Kentucky’s reign in the SEC. Donovan still had it rolling when he jumped to the NBA, reaching three straight Elite Eights and one Final Four from 2011-2014 before leaving for the Oklahoma City Thunder.

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