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Negros wallops Oriental Mindoro for first-ever MPBL win

By Stewart Tan

MANILA—Negros finally tasted a win in the MPBL as the team walloped Oriental Mindoro, 92-77, on Thursday night at the Muntinlupa Sports Complex.

Richard Albo waxed hot in the second half to finish with 22 points to go with 10 rebounds and seven assists, while Jason Melano chipped in 19 markers and eight boards for the 1-1 Muscovados.

Edrian Lao also made his presence felt with 17 points and six rebounds, while homegrown player Pao Javelona bounced back from a subpar showing against Quezon Huskers to tally 11 points for the Negrenses.

It was the first victory of the Muscovados franchise in the MPBL after dropping all of their five matches during the 2021 MPBL Invitational and losing to the Huskers, 82-80, last Saturday.

The Muscovados were blazing to start the game behind inside conversions by Melano and Albo for a 17-8 lead.

The lead grew to 22-13 following three-pointers by Mark Maloles and Jonathan Gantalao.

Melano continued to attack inside in the second quarter as the lead reached 44-29 midway in the second quarter but the Disiplinados had some run to cut the deficit to 39-52 at the half.

The Muscovados regained their shooting in the third quarter with Albo drilling five straight points for a 59-41 advantage. The Disiplinados got their shots to fall as well to trim the lead to 50-63.

The Negrenses created separation anew in the final quarter with Albo converting consecutive shots followed by back-to-back inside hits by Lao as the lead reached 89-71 with under five minutes left.

Teytey Teodoro led the way with 18 points, including five three-point conversions, Rodel Vaygan added 15 markers, while Jon Cudiamat and Kristan Hernandez had 12 and 11, respectively, as the Disiplinados dropped to 0-1.

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