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Quezon survives Las Piñas' gallant stand for home win

By Ivan Saldajeno

MANILA--Quezon held on despite nearly bubbling a hot start and took a 104-96 win against Las Pinas in the main game of the NBL triple-header on Saturday night at the Quezon Convention Center in Lucena.

Playing at home for the first time as a club, the Barons quickly brought delight to the good-sized crowd after racing to a 35-20 lead in the first quarter.

However, the Lodis slowly crawled back and even came to as close as two, 73-75, late in the third quarter.

The game remained tight for the most part of the fourth quarter until Quezon unleashed a 10-1 run within the last three minutes of the game to pull away for good.

Domenick Vera fired 31 points, two rebounds, five assists, and three steals for Quezon, which tied its victim at 1-1.

Alex Ramos added 18 points, 12 rebounds, and two blocks, while Christopher Lagrama put up 15 markers, four boards, 10 dimes, and three steals.

The team will close out its two-game homestand on Sunday night against Makati.

Julian Posada put up 23 points, four rebounds, four assists, and one swipe for Las Pinas.

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