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Bulacan spoils QC's debut at new home

By Ivan Saldajeno

MANILA--After setting a Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League record in scoring in its last game at home, Bulacan found itself in danger of getting stifled by Quezon City at its new home.

But come the second half, the Kuyas settled in.

Bulacan recovered in the final 20 minutes to subdue QC, 61-55, at the latter's new battleground, the Henry Noble Gymnasium inside the Trinity University of Asia campus in Quezon City on Tuesday night.

Almost two weeks after dropping a league-record 117 points in Malolos, the Kuyas were in danger of even eclipsing the all-time low in scoring that they ironically set too as the Capitals limited them to just 10 points in the first quarter.

The scoring began to pick up in the second quarter with QC entering halftime ahead, 29-26.

Come the third quarter, however, Bulacan began getting into form as Jovit Dela Cruz led the team's charge to take a 47-44 advantage.

The team then stifled QC in the final frame, limiting the host to just 11 points.

Dela Cruz finished with 12 points, seven rebounds, and one block off the bench for the Kuyas, who moved up to 8-3.

JR Taganas came close to matching the single-game rebounding record that he also set in their last game by grabbing 21 boards along side four markers and the same number of assists.

Jay Collado, Andoy Estrella, and Hesed Gabo each scored 12 points for the Capitals, who fell to 2-6.

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