BACOOR — Bacoor salvaged a tough win at home, this after the Strikers outlasted the Bicol Volcanoes, 84-80, at the Strike Gymnasium.
Ian Melencio finished with only seven points, but came away with big plays down the stretch that towed the Strikers to their 11th win in 14 games.
In notching its latest win, Bacoor moved up to solo 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.
Michael Canete led the way for Bacoor with 16 points, including eight in the fourth and pivotal quarter.
Mark Mountano added 12 markers, including the go-ahead three-point play that gave the Strikers a 77-74 lead with 1:22 left.
Pasig continued its solid showing while Quezon City got back on track and arrested back-to-back setbacks following contrasting wins over their rivals.
The Sta. Lucia Realtors-backed Pasig Realtors demolished the Cebu Sharks-Casino Ethyl Alcohol, 78-68, for their third straight win.
Pasig has improved its win-loss record to 9-3 and stayed on the fourth spot of the tough northern division of this tournament.
The Realtors’ balanced attack was led by Jeric Teng, who came away with a double-double effort of 21 points and 10 rebounds while Josan Nimes contributed 20 as the dynamic duo proved to be a thorn on the side of the slumping Sharks.
Quezon City nipped Caloocan, 87-84, as Aaron Black nearly completed a triple-double performance for the Wemsap-supported Capitals.
Black tallied 12 points, 12 rebounds and nine assists as his overall performance kept the Capitals going. He was backed up by fellow guard Dharell Caranguian, who poured in a team-high 22 markers as Quezon City arrested back-to-back losses and picked up its sixth win in 13 matches.