BACOOR — Reed Juntilla, Zamboanga’s one and only El Fuego, caught fire late but just in time to save the Valientes.
The ex-pro guard knocked in 13 of his 18 points as his big endgame carried the Family’s Brand Sardines-backed Valientes to a 72-67 win over the Caloocan Supremos-Longrich Thursday night at the Strike Gymnasium.
Juntilla’s endgame scoring spree catapulted the Valientes back to the win column. The team improved its win-loss record to 6-7 and kept a hold of the eighth spot in the southern division of this tournament put up by Senator Manny Pacquiao with PBA legend and former league MVP Kenneth Duremdes serving as commissioner.
The former point guard of Red Bull/Barako Bull nearly single handedly outscored the entire Supremos in the fourth period.
Caloocan was held to 13 points and went without a field goal in the last seven minutes of play that led to its endgame collapse.
The Supremos absorbed their first back-to-back losses since acquiring Almond Vosotros, the tournament’s leading scorer, who was just held to only eight points. They picked up their 10th loss in 14 games to stay at 11th spot.