Quezon makes it rain from deep in 2nd half, escapes Imus' comeback bid

By Aaron Medina

MANILA—The Quezon Huskers did not disappoint their home crowd after coming up victorious against the Imus SV Squad, 77-75, on Saturday night at the Quezon Convention Center in Lucena.

After being down by as much as 19 points in the 2nd quarter, the Huskers slowly crawled back on track courtesy of their three-point shots in the second half of the game. 

They finally took the lead after Alvin Abundo hit a 3-pointer jump shot at the corner with 8:07 left in the third quarter

Robin Roño had an electrifying performance in the second half of the game, making his presence felt on both ends of the floor.

Roño scored 15 points in the game which were all scored from the rainbow territory.

He shot 5/6 from behind the arc in the entire game.

He also had 4 rebounds, 2 assists and 2 steals at the end of the game.

On the other hand, the SV Squad did not lose without putting up a fight despite not having the presence of Jayjay Helterbrand and Marc Pingris and as well as the loss of Mac-Mac Cardona to an injury and Bryan Faundo due to a disqualifying foul. 

Jimboy Estrada tried to put the Imus SV Squad on his shoulders down the wire, scoring 12 of his 14 points in the final quarter of the game. 

However, it was a missed opportunity for the Imus when Jaymar Gimpayan was blocked by Ximone Sandagon in the final seconds of the game. 

The Huskers showcased their outstanding ball chemistry and expertise on three after tallying 24 assists against the 15 from the SV Squad and sinking 16 three-pointers against just 6 from the other team. 

“Well ang masasabi ko lang ay yung pride at puso namin kaya nakabalik kami. And we played good defense and nag tulungan kami. ‘Yon teamwork!” Roño shared when asked how they were able to go back in the game”. 

Quezon is now tied with Batangas City in the third spot of the Southern Division with a 13-4 win-loss record after their win.

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