The Pasig Sta. Lucia Realtors pulled off one of the biggest upsets in Filbasket after shocking top-ranked AICC Manila with a 78-74 escape at the Subic Bay Gymnasium on Saturday, November 13.
Cedrick Ablaza hit key buckets down the stretch and finished with a team-high-tying 14 points to go with 6 rebounds as Pasig snapped the seven-game winning streak of Manila.
Manila still led 70-67 with less than three minutes left until the Realtors rode on a 7-0 blitz capped by an Ablaza short stab to seize a 74-70 lead.
A Michael Juico putback narrowed the gap for Manila, 72-74, but Ablaza calmly sank his free throws as Pasig sealed the win to improve to 5-4 for a five-way tie at fourth place.
Medical Depot, Burlington EOG Sports, Nueva Ecija Bespren, and Mtrans Buracai de Laiya-Batangas City Tanduay tote identical 5-4 cards as well.
Ryan Costelo also finished with 14 points for the Realtors on top of 7 rebounds and 3 assists, Rudy Lingganay chalked up 12 points and 8 assists, while Tyrone Chan tallied 12 points.
Jeckster Apinan chipped in 8 points, 5 rebounds, and 2 steals in the win.
Michael Mabulac paced Manila with 16 points, 9 rebounds, and 4 assists before subbing out with a minute remaining after hitting his hip against the stanchion underneath the basket.
Despite the loss, Manila remained at the top of the standings with a 7-2 slate tied with the San Juan Knights-Go For Gold, which breezed past Nueva Ecija, 104-65, earlier in the day.
Ato Ular led the way for San Juan with 18 points and 10 rebounds off the bench, while Orlan Wamar had 17 points, 7 assists, 4 rebounds, and 2 steals.
In the other match of the day, Batangas City picked up its second straight win after thwarting the Davao Occidental Tigers-Cocolife, 101-96.
Jeff Viernes sizzled for 30 points for Batangas City.
Davao Occidental sits at third place with a 7-3 record. – Rappler.com
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