by Ernest Hernandez
Pasigueño became the fourth team and the third in the Southern Division to clinch a spot in the Metro League Reinforced Conference playoffs following an 88-80 win over Caloocan at the STRIKE Gymnasium on Saturday night.
Pasigueño rallied in the final quarter, outscoring Caloocan, 33-17, to post the comeback win.
Eugene Toba and Jerwin Gaco each scored 19 points for Pasigueño, which can seal the third seed in the South with a win against Quezon City on Tuesday night at the Hagonoy Sports Complex in Taguig.
Reynaldo De Mesa put up 16 markers, three rebounds, four assists, one steal, and one block, while Abdoulaye Niang put up 15 points, 20 rebounds, one block, and two steals for Caloocan, whose own formal entry to the playoffs was stalled.
Pasigueño 88 — Okwuchukwu 19, Gaco 19, Gatchalian 15, Medina 11, Koga 11, Sorela 7, Caranguian 6, Doroteo 0
Caloocan 80 — De Mesa 16, Niang 15, Sombero 8, Darang 8, De Leon 8, Bauzon 7, Enriquez 6, Tay 0, Ortiz 0
Quarterscores: 26-21, 39-42, 55-63,88-80