Paul Sanga's free throws lift Caloocan over Navotas; Bacoor City prevails over Valenzuela City

By Ivan Saldajeno

BINAN—Paul Sanga hit the game-winning free throws as Caloocan escaped with a 97-96 win over Navotas in the MPBL Lakan Season at the Alonte Sports Arena on Tuesday night.

Sanga nailed three huge free throws with 16.2 seconds left as the Supremos walked away with the wain against the Clutch in a wild finish.

With the game tied, 94-all, Mark Guillen scored on a reverse layup to put Navotas ahead, 96-94, with 24.6 seconds left.

But Jhong Bondoc fouled Sanga while taking a triple in the next play, leading to the latter's go-ahead free throws for Caloocan.

Mikey Cabahug appeared to have won it for the Clutch after making a tough leaner with 2.2 seconds left, but Cabahug's shot came a bit too late as he was called for a shotclock violation.

Osama Aburasad still had one more crack at the basket as he stole the ball off the inbound pass, but with not enough time to establish a good shooting position, he opted for a desperation heave that went off left as time expired.

Sanga finished with 18 points, one rebound, and one assist off the bench for Caloocan, which moved up to 14-9.

Damian Lasco added 15 points, six rebounds, four assists, and one block off the bench.

Guillen had 25 points, six rebounds, two assists, and one steal for Navotas, which fell to 5-15.

In the first game, Bacoor City survived a late rally from Valenzuela City to take a 78-74 win.

Leading by as much as 16, the Strikers found themselves in the midst of a comeback by the Classic, who came to within three, 74-77, with 42 seconds left.

However, Valenzuela City missed out on the chance to force overtime when Paolo Hubalde committed a backcourt violation, and Mark Montuano scored the dagger free throw with 16 seconds to play for the final tally.

Gab Banal dropped 23 points, eight rebounds, four assists, and one steal for Bacoor City, which moved up to 18-5, just a half game behind Davao Occidental for first place in the South Division.

Nick Demusis and Michael Canete each added 15 markers.

Val Acuna put up 19 markers, one board, one steal, and one block for Valenzuela City, which fell to 9-14.

Hubalde came up with a double-double of 15 points and 10 assists with three rebounds and three steals.

Eloy Poligrates made three points, two rebounds, and three assists off the bench in his first game with the Classic.

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