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Peñaranda returns as Pacific Water stays alive in WNBL playoff race

Pacific Water did everything in its power to have a chance for the last playoff ticket in the Pia Cayetano WNBL Season 2021, and now, it’s a game of wait and see.

The Queens turned back Stan Quezon in their final eliminations game, 76-66, Sunday at the Bren Z. Guiao Convention Center in San Fernando, Pampanga.

The victory brought Pacific Water to 2-6 at the end of the elimination round while pulling down the Lady SparTANs to 1-5 for fourth and fifth seeds, respectively.

The Queens now hope Quezon loses at least one of its last two games for a knockout playoff match for the final playoff berth. Two losses for the Lady SparTANs will give the ticket to Pacific Water with no need for a playoff.

Snow Peñaranda, who missed the last two games, had a successful return for the Queens with 22 points, 14 rebounds, seven assists, two blocks, and a steal.

A floater by Cara Buendia at the 6:08 mark put Pacific Water comfortably ahead by 14, 64-50.

But the Lady SparTANs had one last run in them as a long two by Kath Araja inched them to within six, 66-72, with 1:28 to go.

However, that shot would be their last basket of the match.

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With 4:01 left in the match, Jollina Go who was having a field day with 17 points on a 7-of-10 shooting, suffered an injury and was stretchered out of the court. She did not return.

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Cara Buendia also helped the Queens with her best performance of the season with 12 points and 14 rebounds.

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Chicky Faraon led Quezon with 17 points and six rebounds, while Dianne Ventura had 12 points off the bench but needed 16 attempts.

Araja flirted with a triple-double of 10 points, nine assists, and eight rebounds while Jo Razolo also got 10 points.

The Scores:

Pacific Water 76 – Peñaranda 22, Go 17, Buendia 12, Cortizano 7, Bilbao 6, Mamaril 6, Adriano 2, Taller 2, Sebastian 2, Balasta 0, Payac 0.

Stan Quezon 66 – Faraon 17, Ventura 12, Razalo 10, Araja 10, Valenzuela 5, Jimenez 5, Tupaz 3, De Austria 2, Taroja 2, Iida 0.

Quarterscores: 15-15, 33-30, 58-47, 76-66.

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