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Makati leans on Cebuano in MPBL

CEBUANO wingman Joseph Sedurifa has become Makati-Super Crunch’s barometer to success in the 2020 Chooks-to-Go MPBL Lakan Season quarterfinals series against sixth-place Bulacan.

That was how head coach Beaujing Acot described Sedurifa’s significance in Makati’s dugout.

“He is the leader of the team. If Joseph is calm, the team is calm. He is doing something intangible, not the seen statistics, but the intangibles of bonding everyone,” said Acot.

His leadership proved to be key as Makati had to forfeit its advantage as the Guadalupe Viejo Gym was deemed unsafe for the players by the league.

“That’s a big factor because playing at home really gives you an advantage. We used that as a motivation when we lost the homecourt advantage,” said Sedurifa in Tagalog.

In the post-season, Sedurifa’s minutes have gone up. And so did his numbers. During the elimination round, the 6-foot-1 combo guard averaged only 8.06 points in 22 minutes of playing time, but in the playoffs, he is posting numbers of 14 points, 10 rebounds, 4.5 assists, and 1.5 steals in 33 minutes of game time.

“It’s the playoff. As one of the veterans of the team, I’m showing my teammates that it’s a different game. We need a leader so I stepped up,” he said.

On Game Two, the 29-year-old unloaded 11 points on 4-of-7 shooting, a season-high 13 rebounds and five assists without committing a single turnover.

Moreover, he helped the Super Crunch-backed squad to advance to the semifinals after squeaking out an 86-78 victory over the Kuyas. (JNP)


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