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Quezon pulls off huge comeback to beat Negros

By Ivan Saldajeno

LUCENA—Quezon came alive in the second half to stun Negros, 82-80, in its successful MPBL debut on Saturday night at the Quezon Convention Center here.

To the delight of the sold-out home crowd, the Huskers completed a comeback from 16 points down as their three-point shooting became solid just in time.

With its three-point attempt not even hitting the rim, Quezon found itself down, 14-30, with 8:01 left in the second quarter.

The team, however, finished the quarter strong and the lead was cut to just six, 39-33, at halftime.

Behind homegrown players Mark Alcala and Topeng Lagrama, the Huskers finally tasted the lead, 49-46, midway through the third quarter, but the Muscovados regained control of the game shortly after although it was close entering the fourth.

Negros had a chance to pull away after leading by 10 again, 74-64, with 6:44 left in the final canto, but Quezon crawled back and regained the lead, 81-80, on a teardrop from Thomas Torres with two and a half minutes left.

The Muscovados had multiple chances to steal the game, but the Huskers' defense prevailed in the end.

Jeric Teng put up 14 points on 5-of-8 field goals including 2-for-3 from beyond the arc, three rebounds, five assists, and one steal, while Torres added 12 points, 10 rebounds, and seven assists for Quezon.

Jonathan Gantalao put up 18 points, five rebounds, two assists, and one steal off the bench for Negros.

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