The La Salle Green Archers rode the hot hands of skipper Kib Montalbo in the fourth quarter, shocking the national team, 91-72, in the 12th Filoil Flying V Preseason Cup at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.
Montalbo scored 12 points in the fourth, all from downtown, sparking a 20-1 run to end the game in favor of the Taft squad.
Things were square at 71 after a Kobe Paras tomahawk jam, before Montalbo fired away a fastbreak three and dished out an unbelievable assist to Justin Baltazar to give the Green Archers the lead, 76-71.
Offense still came La Salle's way as Aljun Melecio, Kira Samuel, and Montalbo added fuel to the fire that was their fourth-quarter performance.
The graduating Montalbo finished with 25 points, including 7 triples, 8 rebounds, 6 assists, and 5 steals.
It was all-Gilas in the first half, leading by as many as 20 points, 34-14, midway through the second quarter behind Juan Gomez de Liano's 14 points and 5 assists and Kobe Paras' 12 points.
La Salle then fought back and cut the Gilas lead to 8, 47-39, at the half.
Paras topscored for the #23for23 squad with 19.
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