Bacoor is peaking at the right time and Wednesday night, the Strikers were able to put one over crosstown rival Imus Bandera, 90-79, in the MPBL Datu Cup at the Cuneta Astrodome.
Rocky Acidre and comebacking Gab Banal combined down the stretch as the Strikers picked up their third straight victory and improved their win-loss record to 11-9.
Acidre and Banal each tallied 16 points and fueled a 13-4 run that set the tone for a big endgame finish for coach Leo Isaac.
In the main game, Marikina salvaged a 71-69 squeaker over host team Pasay.
Leading the way for the Shoemasters was ex-pro Erwin Sta. Maria, who went a rebound shy of posting a double-double performance.
The 6-foot-4 Sta. Maria finished with 21 points and nine boards as the Shoemasters improved their win-loss record to 8-14 to move up into a tie for 10th spot with the Parañaque Patriots-F2 Logistics in the southern division.