FOR the third straight game, the Volcanoes of Bicol had erupted as they slowly worked their way back in the deep hunt for the playoffs.
On Thursday night, they have claimed another victim in the Nueva Ecija Rice Vanguards following a convincing 70-58 win in the MPBL Lakan Season at the Valenzuela Astrodome.
Alwyn Alday produced 13 points and ex-pro Ronjay Buenafe contributed 10 as the LCC Malls-owned Bicol squad got back in the .500 win-loss mark with an 11-11 slate.
Bicol’s sizzling performance in the past three games was capped by an extra hot defensive effort against the Vanguards, who were held to just 35-per cent shooting (21-of-60) from the field Thursday night.
The Volcanoes also scored 20 points off the Vanguards’ 22 turnovers.
Also winning were the Iloilo United Royals and the Valenzuela Classic.
The United Royals used their superb bench firepower on their way to scoring an 89-81 triumph over the Bacolod-Master Sardines.
Iloilo’s bench players produced 67 points, more than three-fourths of the team’s scoring output as the United Royals defeated their cross-provincial rival.
The win allowed Iloilo to improve its win-loss record to 11-8 and firm up its hold of the seventh spot in the southern division of this tournament put up by Senator Manny Pacquiao with PBA legend and former MVP Kenneth Duremdes serving as commissioner.
In the main game, Val Acuña exploded anew as the inaugural staging MVP towed the Valenzuela Classic to a morale-boosting 77-61 dumping of the Pasay Voyagers.
Acuña let his cannons loose, knocking in five treys on his way to finishing with 27 markers. He had a torrid 10-of-15 shooting from the field, allowing the Classic to hit 47-per cent from the field (32-of-67) while holding down the Voyagers to a paltry 30-per cent shooting (20-of-65).