MARINERONG Pilipino erased a 10-point deficit in the final three minutes to hammer out a 72-71 win over Racal in the PBA D-League Foundation Cup at the Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig.
Down 61-71, the Skippers turned to Achie Inigo and Joseph Marata to spark an 11-to-nothing run that allowed them to pull off just their second win in six matches.
Marata hit two triples while Inigo banked in a layup with 44 ticks to go that proved to be the game-winner as Jamil Ortuoste of Racal botched a three-pointer as time expired.
Inigo led Marinerong Pilipino's balanced attack with 14 points on top of five rebounds and seven assists. Mark Isip chipped in 12 markers while Marata and Juilian Sargent had 10 each.
"I give credit to the players, yung willingness nila to win and desire to prepare for the games. It all boils down to one stop," said Marinerong Pilipino coach Koy Banal.
Gwyne Capacio registered 13 points for Racal, which fell to 3-4. Marlon Gomez and Janus Lozada each scored 10.
Marinerong Pilipino 72 - Iñigo 14, Isip 12, Marata 10, Sargent 10, Javillonar 7, Lopez 6, Javelona 5, Alabanza 4, Moralde 4, Gumaru 0, Publico 0.
Racal 71 - Capacio 13, Gomez 10, Lozada 10, Apreku 9, Ortuoste 7, Tallo 7, Ayonayon 5, Pontejos 4, Cortes 3, Mangahas 2, Faundo 1, Dela Cruz 0, Grimaldo 0.
Quarterscores: 18-19, 38-36, 53-56, 72-71.