BINAN, Laguna -- Pasig kept its flickering hopes alive in the MPBL Datu Cup by shocking Quezon City while Muntinlupa scored a big win over Pasay in a game highlighted by several breakthroughs late Thursday night at the Alonte Sports Arena.
Owner of the worst record in the tournament put up by Senator Manny Pacquiao with PBA legend and former MVP Kenneth Duremdes serving as commissioner, Pasig became a defensive conscious squad and shackled Quezon City on its way to a 98-95 win.
The win enabled the Pirates to snap a five-game losing skid.
Although it was only their third win in 17 games, the team has a lot of catching up to do, needing to win all their remaining games to make it to the top eight.
Quezon City saw its three-game winning streak snapped and the team absorbed its ninth loss in 15 games, but remained at sixth spot in this tough northern division .
Against the Black Mamba Energy Drink-supported Capitals, the Pirates became more defensive conscious.
The team registered a league-high 13 blocks led by Eduardo Doroteo.
Muntinlupa blasted Pasay, 80-67, as the Angelis Resort-backed squad firmed up its hold of second spot.
It was the 11th win in 16 games for the Cagers, who saw their two players -- Chito Jaime and Allan Mangahas -- in becoming the first two members of the 500-point club.
Needing only 10 points to make it to the 500-point plateau, Jaime made it first to the list then a few minutes later, his teammate, Mangahas, followed.
Another Cager, Felix Apreku, also made his mark.
The 6-foot-4 hardworking frontliner finished with 10 points and 10 rebounds, to register a league-best 14th double-double.