QUEZON City weathered a late uprising from Paranaque before pulling off a tough 65-64 win in the MPBL Datu Cup at the Olivarez College Gymnasium.
The Capitals banked on Andoy Estrella all game long as the cerebral guard finished with 25 points, but the rest of the squad had to endure a big Patriots’ rally before getting the job done.
Quezon City squandered a 20-point half time lead and allowed its rival to get back into the game.
The F2 Logistics-backed Patriots scored the first 14 points of the third period to come to within six, 44-38, caped by a Christopher Menguez’ s basket in the 3:37 mark.
Since then, the Patriots were able to hang into the game and made a game out of until the final seconds.
Vinny Begaso, a homegrown player from Olivarez College in the NCRAA, had a lay up in the last 20 seconds to shove the Patriots within striking distance.
But the Patriots were forced to foul Estrella, who split his charities in the next play.
Joshua Almajeda had a chance to knot the game but he missed a potential game-tying triple before teammate John Ambulodto scored on a putback for the final tally.
With the win, Quezon City improved its win-loss record to 8-9 and moved into sixth 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.
Paranaque absorbed its 11th loss in 19 games and dropped to ninth spot of the southern division.