Neophyte Bacoor continued to impress in its season debut as it remained unbeaten in three games following a narrow 83-81 victory against Quezon City at the resumption of the Metro League Reinforced (2nd) Conference Tuesday night at the Caloocan Sports Complex.
Four players scored in double figures for the Strikers, led by King Descamanto with an efficient 15 points, nine rebounds and three assists in just 13 minutes of action.
Paolo Castro also added 15 points and three assists, while RJ Ramirez and Mark Doligon chipped in 10 points apiece for Bacoor Strike sa Serbisyo, which did just enough in the late game to hold on for the win.
Behind Descamento, Castro and Ramirez, the Strikers ran away with a huge 82-74 gap in the last 1:29 mark, but the Junior Capitals would storm back with a 7-1 run capped by Roque Estoce's and-one in the last 41 seconds to trim the deficit, 81-83.
Good thing for Bacoor, Quezon City muffed its potential game-tying possession with a Jefferson Comia's costly error en route to a close victory.
The Strikers improved to a 3-0 card to remain on top of the South Division of the M-League that is backed by the Metro Manila Development Authority, the Philippine Basketball Association and with Barangay 143 as its league presentor.
In other games, the Manila-INGCO Stars finally scored a breakthrough win after an easy 95-73 dispatching of still winless Pateros-Metro Asia while host team Caloocan also did not disappoint in front of its home fans with a thrilling 77-76 victory over neighbor and reigning all-Filipino titlist Valenzuela.
Estoce and Comia, dropped 18 and 17 points, respectively, for Quezon City which slid to 2-2 slate in the North Division of this tourney that also has Synergy 88, World Balance, Excellent Noodles and San Miguel Corporation as major sponsors.
Former PBA player Carlo Lastimosa posted 23 points, three rebounds and three assists in just 18 minutes of play while import Moustaph Arafat put up 15 points, 16 rebounds and four assists for the Manila-INGCO Stars who improved to 1-2.
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