Makati dealt Bacoor its first to loss, 71-60, to gain a share of lead in the South Division of the Metro League boys' 17-&-under basketball tournament Tuesday afternoon at the Hagonoy Sports Complex in Taguig.
Ryan Dayle Celis uncorked 18 points to spearhead the attack of Makati, which outscored the Agimat, 24-15, in the crucial final canto to salvage the hard-earned win.
With Jericho Mateto also contributing a double-double of 15 markers and 13 boards, Makati notched its second win in a row to improve to a 2-1 win-loss slate.
Makati now forged a share of lead with Bacoor (2-1) and Pasay (2-1) in the South Division of the M-League backed by the Metro Manila Development Authority, the Philippine Basketball Association and with Barangay 143 as league presentor..
In other 17U games, Pasay clobbered Las Piñas, 79-67, while home team Taguig fended off visiting Parañaque, 50-44, in a battle of South Division squads.
The M-League is also bankrolled by Synergy 88, World Balance, Excellent Noodles and San Miguel Corporation as major sponsors.
Meanwhile, home team Taguig squeaked by neighbor city Parañaque to finally barge into the win colum of this M-League tourney for 17-year olds and under basketball aspirants which also has as SMS Global Technologies, Inc. as official livestream and technology partner, Spalding as official ball, Team Rebel Sports as official outfitter, PLDT as official internet provider and Manila Bulletin as media partner.