GBL Gilas Cup 1st Conference (5’8) – It was a game of runs for these evenly matched teams. Sea II opened the game with back to back baskets to test Penjuru’s mettle. They took the driver seat (11-9) after the first quarter.
The second quarter was more of the same as their bench production kept the pressure for Penjuru. Joe Bals, Mark Ortinez amd Bimbo Ortiz teamed up for the bulk of the bench production (31 pts).
The third quarter was crucial for Penjuru as Jayson Lapuz and Anton dela Cruz delivered from the outside. Dela Cruz’s game high 18 pts were the anchor for Penjuru’s rally.
In the last minute of the ball game with Penjuru clinging on a 3 pt lead, Bimbo Ortiz took the lead and managed to hit a clutch 3 pt shot to tie the ball game. And then on the last possession Anton dela Cruz took the ball and milked down the clock and channeled his inner Carmelo Anthony skills as he jabbed stepped and wiggled his opponent away and hit the game winning basket. Penjuru 57 – 55 Sea II.
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The Lechon Pinoy Best Player of the Game is Anton dela Cruz.