Defending Chooks-to-Go NBL champion Pampanga needed to dig deep to outlast Taguig in game one of their best-of-three semifinals series, eking out a 108-102 victory, Saturday at the Bren Z. Guiao Convention Center in San Fernando, Pampanga.
Down by as much as 17 points early in the second stanza, Serrano and Hernandez, along side Mark Dyke and Rhanzelle Yong, clawed their way back, eventually taking control of the game in the third canto.
Delta would lead by as much as 15 points, 102-87, after a bucket by Young off of a CJ Gania assist.
The Generals though had one last fight in them, cutting the lead down to three, 103-100, after a Richmond Gilbero triple and an LJ Mayo jumper with 1:02 left.
Fidel Castro led the way for Taguig, who will fight for its life tomorrow at 4:00PM, with 23 points built on five treys. Dan Natividad had 20 points while Mayo scattered 16 points, 13 rebounds, and six assists.
Pampanga 108 – Hernandez 24, Serrano 24, Dyke 21, Yong 20, Gania 12, Garcia 4, David 3, Liangco 0, Santos J. 0, Santos R. 0.
Taguig City 102 – Castro 23, Natividad 20, Mayo 16, Gilbero 12, Tancioco 11, Lontoc 4, Santos 4, Oliveria 4, Yasa 4, Sampurna 2, Orodio 2, Subrabas 0, Alcantara 0, Caduada 0.
Quarterscores: 16-31, 52-53, 86-76, 108-102