GAB Banal showed the way as the Bacoor Strikers won their second straight game, outlasting the Navotas Clutch, 81-75, in the MPBL Datu Cup at the Strike Gymnasium in Cavite.
Banal erupted for 30 points and pulled down 10 boards as the Strikers notched their sixth win in 10 games to tie the Laguna Heroes in third place. The loss was the second straight, and sixth in 10 games overall, for the Clutch.
Navotas started the season with two straight wins, but has struggled since after losing big man Rey Publico to a knee injury.
Parañaque also picked up its second straight win, dumping lowly Pasig, 87-69, in the day's other game.
Ex-pro Harold Arboleda came just an assist shy of a triple-double as the Patriots notched their sixth win in 11 games. Arboleda finished with 23 points, 13 rebounds and nine assists. Robin Roño added 22 markers.
The Pirates absorbed their ninth loss in 10 games.