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UV opens Palaro hoops campaign with routs over CAR, ARMM

By Ivan Saldajeno

VIGAN--UV issued an early statement in the Palarong Pambansa secondary boys basketball tournament with a 94-72 victory over CAR at the Quirino Stadium in Bantay on Monday.

Looking to give Central Visayas a better finish this year following a bronze in Antique last year, the Baby Lancers opened its account by limiting their Cordillera counterparts to only 10 points in the first quarter before erupting for 29 in the third.

The day later at the San Juan Municipal Gymnasium in San Juan, Ilocos Sur, UV romped ARMM, 88-72, to go 2-0 up.

Davao Region also had back-to-back routs to start its own campaign.

Banked by a 38-point second quarter, Davao Region mauled ARMM, 103-59, also at the Quirino Stadium on Monday night before adding more woes to CAR with an 84-70 blowout at the San Juan Municipal Gymnasium on Tuesday.

NU and San Beda-Taytay joined UV and Davao Region at 2-0 following blowout wins against Central Luzon and Bicol respectively.

Before its loss to San Beda-Taytay, Bicol dropped a 56-64 decision to Northern Mindanao, and Bicol eventually fell to 0-3 in the standings.

In the other game, MIMAROPA bounced back with a 67-62 win against Zamboanga Peninsula.

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