GAB Banal played the role of the hero for Bacoor City as it beat Pasig, 73-64, late Wednesday night in the Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League (MPBL) Lakan Cup at Pasig Sports Center.
The reigning MPBL MVP buried back-to-back treys in the last two minutes to help the Strikers stave off a rally by the Realtors that saw them trim a 13-point lead down to just three, 65-62.
Banal shot 4-of-5 from downtown to lead Bacoor with 17 points, six rebounds, and four assists in its third straight win after an opening loss.
Ian Melencio added 12 points and five boards, as Michael Mabulac, Mark Montuano, and Oping Sumalinog all had eight points each.
It was a disappointing end for the home team as Pasig fell to a 1-2 slate.
Robbie Manalang led the Sta. Lucia-backed Realtors with 16 points, as Jeric Teng had a forgettable 3-of-16 outing from the field to notch 10 points, 15 rebounds, five assists, and two steals.
BACOOR 73 -- Banal 17, Melencio 12, Mabulac 8, Montuano 8, Sumalinog 8, Canete 7, Ramirez 6, Aquino 4, Acidre 2, Destacamento 1, Acuna 0, Ochea 0.
PASIG 64 -- Manalang 16, Teng 10, Nimes 9, Adriano 9, Serrano 6, Tamayo 6, Belasco 4, Canon 2, Ballon 2, Velchez 0, Mendoza 0, Grealy 0, Marata 0.
Quarters: 18-16, 34-26, 56-48, 73-64.