Manila scuttled a stubborn Pasig side to score a 111-98 win and temporarily moved up in second place of the tough northern division early Wednesday morning at the San Andres Gym in Manila.
Marcy Arellano, one of the few ex-pros playing for the Robust Energy Capsule-backed Stars, played his best game in a Manila uniform as he came away with 17 points and 15 assists and kept a hold of his squads.
Both outputs produced by Arellano were career-highs.
Arellano’s 15 assists also tied the mark set by Mikee Reyes and Ray Parks, who had the same number of dimes this season.
But for Manila, the victory was so important as it helped improve its win-loss mark to 17-4, just half a game behind solo leader Bataan Risers in the northern division put up by Senator Manny Pacquiao with PBA legend and former MVP Kenneth Duremdes serving as commissioner.
So deadly were the Stars, who scored 70 points from the paint, 20 more than their rivals. They also outran and outgunned their rivals as they scored 33 points on fast breaks, compared to only 11 for the Pirates.
(Image from Manila Stars Facebook)