Bacoor Strikers outlast Bacolod cagers in thrilling overtime finish

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BACOOR — Bacoor and Bacolod combined for most number of three-point shots made in the three-season history of the MPBL Lakan Season.

The two squads put together a record-setting 30 treys, erasing the the 27 set by Pasig and Paranaque a just few days ago in Cebu.

But while Bacoor and Bacolod were good at hitting it from beyond the arc, only one of them was able to get the win. The home team Strikers did it the hard way after outlasting the expansion squad in overtime, 107-100, to stay in second spot of the southern division of this tournament put up by Senator Manny Pacquiao with PBA legend and former MVP Kenneth Duremdes serving as commissioner.

Following its latest win, Bacoor improved its record to 8-2, just half a game behind division leader Davao Occidental.

Three players came away with double-double performances as several other cagers were able to step up big for the Strikers, whose bench proved to be more superior than their rivals.

Bacoor scored a walloping 87-point output, while Bacolod could only come up with 20. The Strikers’ bench production is also a league record.

Reigning MVP Gab Banal poured in 29 points and 11 assists to lead the way for the Strikers.

Michael Mabulac came away with 15 points and 19 boards, while Michael Canete added 12 points and 14 rebounds.

Rebounding has also played a key role in Bacoor’s win as the Strikers out-rebounded their rivals by a huge margin, 70-38.

But despite the domination in rebounds and bench production, the Strikers had to endure a tough Bacolod team that just suffered its seventh loss in 10 games.

“If you look at Bacolod, majority of their games were pretty close. I’ve watched them going in big battles. They have two greats players in Paolo Javelona and Mac Tallo and Jopher (Custodio) did a hell of a shot at the backboard. I don’t know if he meant to do it, but I give him credit for making that shot (that sent the game to overtime),” said Bacoor coach Chris Gavina.

Also finishing in double figures were Mark Pangilinan and Mark Montuano, who had 18 and 10 points, respectively.


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