General Santos City repelled Zamboanga Family’s Brand Sardines’ fightback to win, 74-71, on Monday in the OKBet-Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League Fifth Season Visayas Invasion on Monday at the City of Passi Arena in Iloilo.
The Iloilo United Royals followed suit with an equally shaky 70-66 victory over the Manila Stars in the nightcap.
Trailing by as far as 25-45 early in the fourth quarter, Zamboanga threatened at 69-71 behind Chris Dumapig’s six straight points with 47 seconds left.
Kyt Jimenez, however, scored underneath and landed hard following an unsportsmanlike foul from Dumapig with 30 seconds left to give GenSan the breather en route to its 16th win against five losses in the round-robin elimination phase of the 29-team tournament.
Zamboanga’s JV Marcelino drove in with 13 seconds left, while GenSan’s John Wilson split his two charities for the final count that pulled down the Zamboanguenos’ record to 15-6.
Homegrown Cris Masaglang tallied 14 points, four assists, four rebounds and two steals to earn best player honors for GenSan, which drew 12 points and nine rebounds from Jervy Cruz, 11 points, five assists and three rebounds from Christian Fajarito, and 10 points plus eight rebounds from Larry Rodriguez.
Jimenez, owner of a very rare quadruple-double, ended up with six points, five rebounds and three assists.
Zamboanga got 19 points and seven rebounds from Dumapig and 14 points plus four assists from Judel Fuentes.
Zamboanga raced to a 41-25 halftime spread behind Masaglang and Cruz, who accounted for 10 and eight points, respectively.
Manila knotted the count for the last time at 65 following a triple by Kyle Neypes. Iloilo, however, responded with a five-point cluster behind CJ Catapusan’s layup, Joshua Flores’ two charities and Omar Larupay’s split free throws to break free with 13 seconds left and raise its card to 10-12.