BACOOR — Bacoor and Zamboanga sustained their winning runs on Thursday night while Nueva Ecija dumped SOCCSKSARGEN in the MPBL Lakan Season at the Strike Gymnasium.
The Strikers banked on a perfect game from RJ Ramirez before putting away the Cebu Sharks, 88-71.
Ramirez caught fire and finished with 28 points, highlighted by a perfect 11-of-11 shooting from the field.
But for head coach Chris Gavina, Bacoor’s latest win was also made possible by Paolo Castro and Eric Acuña.
“For me, the two guys who turned things around in the first half were Paolo Castro and Eric Acuña. Our energy picked up from there, then RJ came in with a great deal of confidence. He’s been making sure he’ll work hard in practice and it showed (in our latest win),” Gavina told FOX Sports Philippines in an exclusive interview.
Zamboanga blasted Pampanga, 73-59, in the other game as newly-acquired players Anton Asistio, Alvin Pasaol and Aaron Black came away with solid games to tow the Universal Canning Inc.-owned franchise to its third straight win and kept its hold of the solo sixth 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.
The Family’s Brand Sardines-supported squad improved its win-loss record to 11-8.
Head coach Britt Reroma of Zamboanga acknowledged the unselfishness being displayed by this star-studded team.
“One thing I like about this team, they’re really selfless,” added Reroma. “You see how happy they are when somebody stepped in. They have that next man up mentality na kapag yung isa masama yung laro, may nai-step up.”
Nueva Ecija dumped hapless SOCCSKSARGEN, 89-50, in the first game to notch its second straight win.