JAI Reyes and Marlon Gomez scored 22 points each as Navotas beat Batangas, 101-98, on Tuesday to stay in the playoff hunt in the MPBL Datu Cup at the San Andes Gym in Manila.
The Clutch scored their ninth win in 20 games for gthe No. 7 spot in the tough northern division.
Reyes also dished out 13 assists, scoring five in the second overtime period. His triple at the 1:26 mark of the second overtime gave the Clutch a 99-94 lead.
Reyes scored a big win over old rivals Jeff Viernes and Lester Alvarez.
“I’ve been playing against Lester ever since during our days in the UAAP. Si Jeff Viernes naman, we were rivals last conference sa D-League. When you’re going up against two of the best guards in the league, the mentality is always bring your best game,” added Reyes.
Gomez, picked up by Navotas in a trade with Levy Hernandez this season, finished a rebound short of a double-double.
Manila beat Pasig, 111-98, in the other game.
Marcy Arellano scored 17 points and 15 assists, towing the Stars to their 17th win in 21 games second spot in the northern division.