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Mendoza, Enguio tow Muntinlupa past Quezon, seal NBL third seed


Muntinlupa clinched third seed after escaping Quezon, 112-104, in the 2021 Chooks-to-Go NBL Chairman’s Cup at the Bren Z. Guiao Convention Center in San Fernando, Pampanga, Sunday night.

The Water Warriors at 7-3 earned a twice-to-beat incentive in the quarterfinals and will face the winner of the knockout match between the Barons and Parañaque for the sixth seed, both at 5-5.

Down 95-89 with over seven minutes left in the game, Quezon went on a 15-3 blast, capped by nine straight points by Topeng Lagrama, to turn the scoreline in its favor, 104-98 with 3:16 to go.

Then Muntinlupa’s offense and defense worked harmoniously to end the game.

The Water Warriors finished the Barons with 14 unanswered points courtesy of the hot hands of Jed Mendoza, Kyle Villablanca, and Andretti Stevens for the victory.

Mendoza and Biboy Enguio were the usual suspects for Muntinlupa with the former collecting 32 points on a very impressive 11-of-16 clip with seven assists, and six rebounds while the latter netted 23 points, 11 rebounds, and three blocks.2021-Chooks-NBL-Muntinlupa-vs-Quezon-Ebrahim-Enguio-Muntinlupa-scaled Mendoza, Enguio tow Muntinlupa past Quezon, seal NBL third seed Basketball NBL News  - philippine sports news

But aside from their two stars, the Water Warriors got much-needed help from Villablanca, Stevens, and Miguel Arias with 15, 11, and 11 points respectively.2021-Chooks-NBL-Muntinlupa-vs-Quezon-Christopher-Lagrama-Quezon-scaled Mendoza, Enguio tow Muntinlupa past Quezon, seal NBL third seed Basketball NBL News  - philippine sports news

Lagrama carried Quezon with 27 points, four assists, and three steals but he committed six turnovers.

Domenick Vera added 21 points on a 6-of-17 shooting while Vince Plata and Arvine Calucin had 14 points apiece off the bench.

Team captain Dan Garcia grabbed himself a double-double of 13 points and 12 rebounds in the losing cause.

The Barons have been on a slide for quite a while now, dropping their fourth consecutive match.

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The Scores:

Muntinlupa 112 – Mendoza 32, Enguio 23, Villablanca 15, Stevens 11, Arias 11, Danga 6, Montserrat 6, Cabeguin 4, Labrador 2, Udal 2, Codiñera 0, Madanlo 0, Abarcar 0, Sabado 0.

Quezon 104 – Lagrama 27, Vera 21, Plata 14, Calucin 14, Garcia 13, Dongog 5, Deduyo 4, Ramos 3, Resurrecion 2, Nañez 1, Sarona 0.

Quarterscores: 19-27, 48-50, 83-77, 112-104.

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