The Quezon City Capitals WEMSAP's ruthless endgame offense powered them to a 72-62 win over the Mindoro Tamaraws at the Ateneo Blue Eagle Gym on Thursday night at the Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League Lakan Cup.
The Capitals shot a remarkable 44% from three-point range (12 out of 27) as they cruised to a second straight win and improved to 3-2 in the team standings.
Mindoro meanwhile stumbled to 1-3.
Dahrrel Caranguian was a revelation off the bench for Quezon City, emerging as best player of the game with 13 points, 6 assists and 3 rebounds.
"Wala si Aaron (Black) kaya double effort kami,".said the former NCRAA MVP after the game.
Black, a key member of the QC backcourt, was unavailable for the contest.
A scrappy Mindoro team battled to tie the game late in the third quarter at 44-all thanks to the stellar play of Francis Camacho, Mac Baracael, Rodel Vaygan and Sandy Ceñal, who all scored in double figures.
However, the home team shot lights out in the final quarter, with both Caranguian and Tonino Gonzaga hitting two treys apiece and Clark Derigue notching another to put the game to bed.
Derigue led all scorers with 16 including 4 out of 7 from beyond the three-point arc.
In the earlier game, Valenzuela Classic SPV Top Marketplace repulsed a tenacious Cebu Sharks- Casino Ethyl Alcohol, 69-66, to jack up their record to 4-1.
The Classic appeared to be in command 69-61 with two minutes left, but a Rhaffy Octubre triple and a withering Cebu pressure defense rattled Valenzuela and caused them to commit a five-second violation and traveling on successive plays.
When Shark William McAloney scored to pull to within 66-69 Valenzuela looked vulnerable, especially when Hans Thiele missed two free throws that could have made it a two-possession game with little time left.
Nevertheless, Cebu was unable to tie the game with a late three, and they fell to 2-3.
Valenzuela standout Jhomar Gimpayan was adjudged player of the game with 11 points and as many boards.
In the afternoon contest, Zamboanga Family's Sardines edged the Bulacan Kuyas, 60-59, via Allan Santos' one-handed game-winning floater with three seconds left on the clock, moments before Steph Siruma's bucket nudged Bulacan into the lead.
Raffy Reyes of Zamboanga picked up the player of the game award with 16 points, six coming in the final quarter.
Bulacan will rue an appalling night shooting, mustering only 29% from the field with none of the Kuyas hit double figures in scoring.
Family's Sardines snaps a two-game losing streak to go to 2-3, while the Bulakenos are now at 3-2.