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MPBL: Abra continues mastery in Calasiao with win vs Negros, Pangasinan finally scores home win

Michael Canete and the Weavers still know how to win in Pangasinan. MPBL
By Dugout Philippines

MANILA--The Abra Weavers recovered from a flat start to trounce the Negros Muscovados, 69-57, in their MPBL clash on Saturday night at the Calasiao Sports Complex and boosted their record to 3-2 in the round-robin elimination phase of the 29-team tournament.

Propped up by the big hometown crowd, the Pangasinan Heatwaves torched the Marikina Shoemasters, 80-68, in the nightcap to raise their record to 2-3.

Bolstered by the return of 6-foot-7 Prince Caperal, Abra charged back from a 0-12 start and a 34-37 halftime deficit to pull away at 69-56.

Wendelino Comboy led Abra with 15 points plus 3 rebounds, followed by Michael Canete with 14 points plus 5 rebounds.

Caperal tallied 11 points and 7 rebounds while prized recruit Clint Escamis posted 10 points, 9 rebounds, and 2 steals for the Weavers.

Negros, with no player able to break twin digits, dropped to a tie with its tormentor at 3-2. The Muscovados got 9 points from Alvin John Capobres and 8 each from James Paul Una and Mark Atabay.

Pangasinan banked on Michael Mabulac's 12 points and 13 rebounds to thwart Marikina, which opened the game with an 8-point run.

Other Heatwaves who delivered were Hesed Gabo with 10 points, 5 assists, and 3 rebounds, Vince Tolentino with 10 points, all in the third quarter, and homegrown JR Caasi with 8 points, 9 rebounds, 3 steals, and 2 assists.

Marikina, which suffered its fifth straight defeat, got 11 points each from homegrowns Eloie Tan and Jomel Landayan.

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