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Joseph Celso catches fire as Bulacan DF hands Quezon first NBL loss


Bulacan DF dealt Quezon its first defeat of the tournament, 110-96, in the 2021 Chooks-to-Go NBL Chairman’s Cup, Sunday at the Bren Z. Guiao Convention Center in San Fernando, Pampanga.

The Republicans pulled away in the third frame, outscoring their foes by 10, 29-19, to bring a 14-point advantage into the fourth, 80-66.

However, the Barons did not go down without a fight.

They closed the gap to just nine points after two free throws by Arvine Calucin at the 1:54 mark of the final frame, 94-103.

But that would be their last hurrah as Bulacan limited them to just two more points the rest of the way to improve its win-loss slate to 6-1, just behind the last undefeated team in La Union.

Team captain Joseph Celso led the way for the Republicans with 20 points on an 8-of-10 clip from the field, with six rebounds and three assists.2021-Chooks-NBL-Quezon-vs-Bulacan-Ryan-Spencer-Operio-Bulacan-scaled Joseph Celso catches fire as Bulacan DF hands Quezon first NBL loss Basketball NBL News  - philippine sports news

The trio of Ryan Operio, John Cruz, and Ronnifer Camua made the baskets off the bench with 18, 12, and 11 points, respectively.

Earnest Reyes tallied a double-double of 12 points and 11 rebounds, while Dominick Fajardo had an all-around game of 11 points, eight rebounds, and six assists.

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Jervin Deduyo carried the fight for the Barons with 19 points off the bench but his efforts were not enough as his team fell to 4-1, tied with Pampanga for third.

Dominick Vera got 17 points while Calucin was perfect from the field, going 6-of-6 for 14 points to go with nine rebounds and four assists.

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Topeng Lagrama, the leader of Quezon, was held to just five points, missing all but two of his 14 attempts from the field.


The Scores:

Bulacan DF 110 – Celso 20, Operio 18, Reyes E. 12, Cruz 12, Camua 11, Fajardo 11, Sumampong 8, Necio 7, Andres 7, Batac 2, Ramirez 2, Reyes J. 0.

Quezon 96 – Deduyo 19, Vera 17, Calucin 14, Plata 12, Ramos 10, Garcia 6, Ramirez 5, Sarona 5, Lagrama 5, Saturay 2, Tan 1, Nañez 0, Dacian 0.

Quarterscores: 20-29, 51-47, 80-66, 110-96.

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