After leading by as much as 16 in the third period, the Bulacan Kuyas had to weather a comeback mounted by Bacoor to book their second win of the MPBL Datu Cup, 77-76.
JR Taganas once again led the Kuyas with a double-double after posting 14 points and 11 boards. James Martinez added 10 markers.
Bulacan bounced back after suffering a 76-94 whooping against San Juan on June 30.
The Strikers, on the other hand, crashed to another one-point loss after dropping an 80-81 nail-biter against Pampanga last week. The team was paced by Mikee Reyes’ 18 points.
– Bulacan surviving Bacoor’s onslaught was impressive considering the fact that the Strikers played with more purpose in the last period. Four players – Reyes, Chris Sumalinog (14), Leonardo de Vera (13) and Mark Montuano (13) – scored in double-figures for the losing side, while only Taganas and Martinez fared well for the Kuyas.
– Bulacan shot worse from the field (38 percent against Bacoor’s 40) and from inside the arc (47 percent against Bacoor’s 53) but knocked down more free throws (17-of-22 against Bacoor’s 13-of-19) to give them the slightest of edges.
– Rebounding also paved the way for second chance points. They outrebounded the opposition (54-39) and were led by Taganas, who currently averages 12.6 rebounds per game (second in the league).
– Bacoor (15 turnovers) forced Bulacan to 21 miscues to almost snag the game away.
– 10 Kuyas saw more than 10 minutes of action; no one played more than 30 minutes.
– On the other hand, three Strikers played more than 30 minutes (Sumalinog, Reyes, Montuano).
– Reyes top-scored for Bacoor and paced them in assists (seven) but was largely inefficient (7-of-22, four turnovers). Sumalinog, who shot 4-of-16 and only made two of his 12 attempts from downtown, didn’t fare any better.
– Montuano also grabbed 13 boards to go along with his 13 points.