Carl Bryan Cruz caught fire and drained 22 points, 11 of which coming in the fourth period, as he drilled three treys in the final 5:28 to ignite the Nationals’ huge finishing kick.
The hardworking Alaska forward drained the go-ahead trey with 2:21 to grab a 98-95 lead, and made two of his three freebies to extend the lead to five with 1:38 to play.
Christian Standhardinger added 13 markers, while Mike Myers chipped in 12 points in the win.
Gilas also beat NLEX, 113-112, in its first tuneup game on Wednesday.
The Nationals will face Alaska on Saturday…
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