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MPBL: Iloilo spoils Alex Cabagnot's coaching debut, edges Bacolod

CJ Cansino got a win in his pro debut. MPBL
By Dugout Philippines

LAS PINAS--The Iloilo United Royals got better each quarter and battered the Bacolod City of Smiles, 85-67, on Tuesday in the MPBL Sixth Season at the Villar Coliseum.

Up by just five points at the turn, the United Royals surged ahead, 66-49, after the third quarter, before thwarting the Bacolenos' fightbacks in the battle between debuting teams.

Chris Doliguez and Ry De La Rosa led Iloilo with 15 points each, followed by homegrown Mark Nonoy with 10 points and Jason Credo with 9.

Although clobbered off the boards, 49-63, the United Royals compensated with better field goal shooting, converting 34 of 61 tries for 42 percent against only 22 out of 75 for the Bacolenos.

Doliguez also snagged five rebounds while De La Rosa had four rebounds and two assists for Iloilo coach Mac Abolucion.

Bacolod drew 15 points, 6 rebounds, and 4 assists from Danny Marilao, 10 points and 14 rebounds from Nichole Ubalde, and 10 points plus 6 rebounds from Salvador Galit.

With De La Rosa and Doliguez combining for 12 points, Iloilo pulled away to stay at 66-45, late in the third quarter.

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