Camarines stops Negros' unbeaten run; Mindoro stuns Iloilo

By Ivan Saldajeno

MANILA--Down goes the last unbeaten PCAP South squad.

Negros' perfect run ended on Wednesday night as Camarines stole the tie with a 12-9 Round 10 win.

In a night marred by technical difficulties that even forced a late change in the commentating panel, the Kingsmen were actually on pace of keeping their record immaculate after taking a 4-3 lead after the blitz matches.

But the Soaring Eagles took over in the rapid games with Grandmaster Mark Paragua, Women's National Master Ezraline Alvarez, and homegrown players Ellan Asuela and Ronald Llavanes scoring the decisive wins.

International Joel Pimentel forced a draw against NM Christian Daluz to seal Camarines' victory.

Negros would bounce back in Round 11 against Cordova, 16.5-4.5, while Camarines completed the Wednesday sweep by zapping Surigao, 17-4, to finish the night tied for first place in the South standings at 10-1.

Iloilo, however, failed to join the logjam at the top after Mindoro scored the night's biggest upset with an 11-10 win.

Although the Kisela Knights blasted the Iriga Oragons, 16-5, in Round 10, the Tamaraws brought the stunner on them in Round 11 to bring them down to third place in the South at 9-2.

Like in Camarines' win against Negros, the rapid results helped decide the tie in favor of Mindoro as Sherwin Tiu, IM Domingo Ramos, and homegrown Ronald Berdera scored huge wins against NM's Karl Ochoa, Cesar Mariano, and John Silvederio, respectively.

Coupled by their 15.5-5.5 Round 10 rout against the Cebu City Machers, the Tamaraws remained in solo fourth place in the South standings at 7-4.

Over at the North, Caloocan remains the only unbeaten club left in the season after downing Isabela in Round 10, 14-7, and Manila in Round 11, 12-9, to go up to 11-0.

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