Bulacan, San Pedro in thrilling wins


KOPONANG Lakan ng Bulacan and San Pedro Laguna-ARS escaped past separate foes Wednesday in the Manila Bankers Life-Pilipinas Super League Pro Division Second Conference Dumper Cup at the Bren Z. Guiao Convention Center in San Fernando, Pampanga.

Bulacan leaned on Jason Ballesteros’s free throw in the final 11 seconds and forced Tricky Peromingan to miss a short jumper at the buzzer to score a 63-62 victory over Quezon City.

Jan Formento’s steady hands at the foul line, meanwhile, lifted the Warriors to a pulsating 59-56 decision over Bagong Cabuyao-Homelab Nation.

Ballesteros almost had a double-double of 13 points and nine rebounds for Bulacan, while JL Delos Santos complemented the former Philippine Basketball Association player with 12 points, 11 rebounds and six assists.

Joseph Celso also had 12 points and seven rebounds for Bulacan, which atoned for a 74-81 loss to Manila last week and improved to 4-3 won-lost for eight place.

The Beacons dropped to their fifth straight loss, counting a 65-72 setback to Pampanga Royce also last week, for a 1-6 card.

Cabuyao threatened at 56-57 on two freebies by Crispin Barnedo with two minutes remaining before Formento made two foul shots of his own that pegged the final count in the last 13 seconds.

Mark Doligon wound up with 15 points and 10 rebounds for San Pedro, while Eduard Doroteo added 11 points and eight rebounds.

The triumph allowed the Warriors to halt a six-game skid to raise their record to 2-6.

Cabuyao lost for the sixth time in a row and fell to 1-6.

Peromingan was the lone bright spot for Quezon City with 21 points, six rebounds and two assists.

Francis Abarcar paced Cabuyao with 13 points, while Sancho Vitug and Barnedo combined for 24 points.

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