Makati wins a shocking overtime victory over Pampanga

Makati wins a shocking overtime victory over Pampanga
Sheila May Alferez
Aug 5, 2023

Makati defeats Pampanga in the fifth season of the OKBet-MPBL (Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League) at the Muntinlupa Sports Complex, last August 4, 2023 securing a breathtaking 102-97 victory in overtime for a display of perseverance and skill that left the public in awe.

In the fourth quarter, with only 53 seconds remaining, the clutch-shooter Keith Agovida hit a beautiful three-pointer, putting the score into a deadlock at 87, shocking the crowd. However, Pampanga’s Justin Baltazar helped regain their lead 92-97.  

The Makati OKBet Kings was labeled as a dark horse team.  However they still managed to pull off a win in overtime due to Agovida’s defense, paired with the new system designed by their coach Don. As a result, they were able to beat back-to-back big teams like Nueva Ecija and Pampanga. 

Agovida did the heavy lifting for Makati after regulation, making six of their awe-inspiring 10 points to help seal the victory. With the defeat of Pampanga Giant Lanterns , the OKBet Kings  are now 16 wins in this round-robin elimination phase among the 29 competing teams by displaying admirable resilience.

Agovida, the former NCAA Juniors Rookie of the Year, most notably remembered as Jose Rizal University’s 82-point performer, finished the game with a splendid 21 points and seven rebounds. Meanwhile, Emman Calo led his team in scoring, finishing 31 points and five boards, while Rob Celiz had a double-double with 20-14-4 points-rebounds-assists tally.

Another match was witnessed by fans who departed with hearts full of awe and gratitude, cherishing the intense and great performance they had witnessed.

Tune in for the next game for Makati OKBet kings versus IloIlo on August 11, 2023, while you can catch Pampanga Giant Lanterns on August 10, 2023, who will be competing with Paranaque Patriots. 

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