Do not count out the Rizal Crusaders just yet.
The owner of the worst record of the MPBL Datu Cup southern division caught Imus Bandera flatfooted and scored a much needed 85-73 victory Wednesday night at the Filoil Flying V Arena.
Eric dela Cuesta paced the Xentro Mall-backed Crusaders with 18 points as Rizal snapped a four-game losing skid. The team remained at the bottom of the standings of the southern division, but improved its win-loss record to 6-15.
Rizal’s only way of making it to the playoffs is to sweep their remaining matches in this tournament put up by Senator Manny Pacquiao with PBA legend and former MVP Kenneth Duremdes serving as the commissioner.
The loss dropped the GLC Truck and Equipment-supported Bandera to sixth spot with a 9-10 record.
(Image from Jun Lumbo of Click N’ Hoops)