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PSL: Nueva Ecija protects home court, romps past Davao Occi


It felt like home sweet home for Nueva Ecija, which secured a victory in front of its local fans in the Pilipinas Super League President’s Cup late Saturday night at the Nueva Ecija Coliseum.

William McAloney had a near-perfect game and received ample support from fellow veteran players as the Capitals pulled off a 102-91 triumph over the Davao Occidental Tigers, remaining unbeaten in the tournament.

The Capitals improved their win-loss record to 3-0.

McAloney finished with 17 points on 5-of-6 shooting from the field, while Billy Robles contributed 15 markers. Rob Celiz chipped in with 14, and Kris Gurtiza added 10 for the Capitals, who won the game despite being outrebounded by the Tigers, 37-53.

However, Nueva Ecija scored more points inside the shaded lane, tallying 52, surpassing the 14 points produced by Davao Occidental.

Nueva Ecija also capitalized on Davao Occidental’s 21 turnovers, which the Capitals converted into 26 points. The Capitals’ bench proved to be superior as well, producing 57 points compared to the Tigers’ 48.

Justine Sanchez led the way for Davao Occidental with 18 markers, but that couldn’t save his team from absorbing its third defeat in five games.

Joining Nueva Ecija in remaining unbeaten is Quezon, which clobbered Kyusi, 88-70.

It was the fourth straight win in as many games for Quezon.

The Titans ruled over the Escobets and made their presence felt right from the get-go with Robin Roño at the firing line.

Roño hit 4-of-7 three-point shots, ending up with 14 points and sparking the Titans’ steady shooting.

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As a team, the Titans shot 51-percent from the field (33-of-64) compared to Kyusi’s 40-percent clip (27-of-66).

The Titans also dominated the Escobets in the rebounding battle, 48-28.

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