McAloney stars as Cebu ends 3-game MPBL jinx
Emmanuel B. Villaruel (The Freeman) - September 20, 2019 - 12:00am

CEBU, Philippines — The Casino Ethyl Alcohol-Cebu Sharks bucked off a sluggish start, then turned to a sizzling endgame show to gobble up the Zamboanga Family’s Brand Sardines, 74-70, and end their three-game slump in the 2019 Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League (MPBL) Lakan Cup last Wednesday night at the San Andres Sports Complex in Manila.

William McAloney, who played for the University of San Carlos (USC) Warriors during his collegiate years, almost singlehandedly carry the Sharks to an important victory that raised their record to 5-8 in a tie with the Bacolod Master Sardines at joint 11th and 12th spots out of 15 teams in the South Division.

Interestingly, McAloney was the lone double-digit scorer for the Sharks with 28 points on a spectacular 11-of-15 shooting from the field.

The bull-strong Fil-Australian slotman also finished with eight rebounds, two assists, two steals and one block in an all-around hardcourt brilliance that carried Nonoy Falcasantos to his first taste of success as Sharks head coach.

The Sharks actually swam on ice-cold waters at the start resulting to an eight-point deficit early on, 6-14, but staged a sizzling 36-24 rally in middle quarters to turn the tide of the match in their favor, 42-38, going into the final 10 minutes of play.

After scoring on a layup that gave the Cebu-based squad their biggest lead, 64-53, at the last 2:06 mark, McAloney exclamated his game-long heroics by calmly sinking a pair of foul throws that sealed the deal for the Sharks, 74-64, with only 10 seconds left to play.

 In the ensuing sequence, Zamboanga’s Raffy Reyes drained back-to-back 3-pointers but time wasn’t on their side.

Robin Rono scattered 21 points, four rebounds and three assists while Reyes chalked up 18 markers for Zamboanga, which dropped to 8-8 together with the Bicol Volcanoes.

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