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Caloocan snaps San Juan in battle of PCAP North powerhouses

By Ivan Saldajeno

MANILA--Caloocan is now the only remaining undefeated team in the PCAP Northern Conference after downing San Juan, 11.5-9.5, in Round 4 of the All-Filipino Cup on Saturday night.

In a hotly contested showdown pitting teams that entered Matchday 3 at 3-0, the Loadmanna Knights pulled off a surprise dominance in the rapid matches to beat the Predators.

Highlighting Caloocan's rapid dominance was a huge upset win by Women's National Master Arvie Lozano against Women's International Master Jodi Fronda.

With time pressure slightly favoring her, Lozano, which opted for a King's Indian Attack, launched a series of checks against Fronda, who failed to sustain some mid-game control.

With time running out on her, Fronda committed a critical error when she captured the checking knight with her rook, setting up Lozano's endgame brilliance that forced a checkmate after 37 moves.

San Juan would bounce back in Round 5 by venting its ire on Isabela, 18-3.

On the other hand, Caloocan eventually moved up to 5-0 after edging Cavite, 12-9.

Meanwhile, Negros, Iloilo, and Camarines remained perfect after the Saturday night matches.

The Kingsmen, however, had contrasting outcomes to their assignments.

Negros survived a gallant stand from Toledo to take an 11.5-9.5 win before mauling Cebu City, 18-3.

The Kisela Knights, on the other hand, toppled the Zamboanga Sultans, 13.5-7.5, before mashing the Lapu-Lapu Naki Warriors, 16-5.

However, one zero in the loss column has to go on Wednesday night as Iloilo and Negros will face off in Round 6.

Meanwhile, the Soaring Eagles blitzed past the Mindoro Tamaraws, 18.5-2.5, and the Palawan Queen's Gambit, 14-7.

In another development, Rizal finally racked up wins in the tournament on Saturday night.

The Towers, still playing sans first overall draft pick Grandmaster Eugene Torre, first dominated the Olongapo Rainbow Team 7, 18.5-2.5, before taking down the Pasig King Pirates, 13-8.

On the other hand, Mindoro and Cordova engaged in a tight Round 5 showdown which ended in a 10.5-all stalemate.

The tiebreaker round, called the Armageddon, will be played at a later date.

The Dagami Warriors were initially supposed to play two Armageddons after their series against the Iriga Oragons was initially tabulated to have ended at a 10.5-all tie as well.

However, after a correction to the scores, Cordova emerged victorious against Iriga, 11-10, to go up to 2-2.

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