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Muntinlupa, Pampanga score sensational routs in NBL restart

By Ivan Saldajeno

MANILA--Muntinlupa and Pampanga issued huge statements on Saturday as the NBL returned to action after a long postponement due to the COVID-19 pandemic at the Bren Z. Guiao Convention Center in San Fernando City, Pampanga.

The Water Warriors were unstoppable in the curtain-raiser as they crushed the Quezon Spartans, 107-52.

On the other hand, the Delta, once again the hosts for the league's second straight pandemic season this time in a semi-bubble format, took down the Mindoro Tamaraws in the nightcap, 130-83.

The Water Warriors quickly built up a huge lead over the Spartans at the end of the first quarter, and the former completely obliterated the latter by halftime after holding them to just six second-quarter points.

Muntinlupa capped the domination by dropping 37 points in the fourth canto.

Jed Mendoza exploded for 29 points on 12-of-19 shooting, three rebounds, two assists, two steals, and two blocks for the Water Warriors.

Biboy Enguio came just close to a rare 20-20 by grabbing 21 boards and 18 markers along with seven dimes, four blocks, and two steals.

Both Mendoza and Enguio came off the bench as Muntinlupa's second unit took over the blowout.

Meanwhile, Pampanga quickly waxed hot offensively, even breaching the 100-point mark late in the third quarter even as the team pummeled Mindoro by opening a lead as high as 54 points.

Encho Serrano fired 26 points on 10-of-17 shooting off the bench to lead eight Delta players in double figures.

He also had seven rebounds, five assists, four steals, and one block.

Levi Hernandez added 17 points, eight rebounds, seven assists, and two steals, while Mark Tamayo put up a double-double of 13 points and 11 assists with five rebounds and four steals.

The game played in between had the Quezon Barons edging the Laguna Pistons, 89-85.

The Barons came alive in the second quarter after the Pistons opened a 13-point lead and eventually surged ahead in the third quarter before holding their opponents off in the end.

Christopher Lagrama and Arvine Calucin each scored 20 points even as the former grabbed 10 rebounds for the double-double to lead the Barons.

Calucin even flirted with a triple-double as he too had nine assists and eight boards.

Arjay Dongog had a double-double of his own with 13 markers and 12 caroms alongside five dimes and one steal.

Box Scores:

First Game

Muntinlupa 107-Mendoza 29, Enguio 18, Arias 9, Monsterrat 8, Villablanca 8, Nuilan 8, Danga 5, Labrador 5, Panganiban 5, Codinera 4, Madanlo 4, Stevens 4, Sabado 0

Quezon Spartans 52-Guiab 17, Capistrano 7, Roa 6, Tec 5, Espinas 5, Sevilla 5, Villaplana 4, Penohermoso 2, Maravilla 1, Lim 0

Quarterscores: 27-13, 52-19, 70-37, 107-52

Second Game

Quezon Barons 89-Calucin 20, Lagrama 20, Ramos 14, Dongog 13, Vera 9, Garcia 4, Resurrecion 4, Plata 3, Deduyo 2, Dacian 0, Nanez 0, Sarona 0, Saturay 0, Tan 0

Laguna 85-Martin 16, Fadriquela 15, Junsay 15, Galamiton 12, Santos 11, Manacsa 9, Disquitado 5, Sandoval 2, Cardeno 0, Pantaleon 0

Quarterscores: 22-28, 40-48, 67-64, 89-85

Third Game

Pampanga 130-Serrano 26, Hernandez 17, Tamayo 13, Yong 13, Gania 11, Liangco 11, Garcia 10, J. Santos 10, R. Santos 6, Dyke 4, David 3, Baluyut 2, Binuya 2, Pascual 2, Manaloto 0

Mindoro 83-Vaygan 20, Alulod 14, Axalan 14, Natada 13, Bernal 6, Famadico 6, Huerto 6, Sadicon 4, Guinto 0, Salas 0

Quarterscores: 33-16, 68-31, 101-54, 130-83

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