By Ivan Saldajeno
MANILA--Imus put on a dominating offensive effort to blast Pasig, 117-87, in a special Friday night clash in the MPBL Datu Cup at the Olivarez College Gymnasium in Parañaque.
The Bandera quickly stepped on the gas from the get-go and eventually blew the game wide open after limiting the Pirates to just 14 points in the third quarter.
Wilson Baltazar made 18 points, two assists, and one steal to lead Imus, which matched the league record for the most points scored in a single game.
James Castro added 17 points, one rebound, and three assists off the bench, while Ian Melencio put up 15 markers, three rebounds, three dimes, and two steals.
Marlon Monte paced Pasig with 14 markers, six boards, and three assists.
The Bandera moved up to a tie for fourth place in the Southern Division with cross-provincial rivals Bacoor City Strikers at 8-8, while the Pirates' league-worst record worsened further to 2-14.
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