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Shin Manacsa denies La Union NBL elims sweep, lifts Laguna Pistons to fifth seed

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Tiebreaker Times Shin Manacsa denies La Union NBL elims sweep, lifts Laguna Pistons to fifth seed Basketball NBL News  Zamboanga Valientes MLV Taguig Generals Shin Manacsa Romel Doliente Nueva Ecija Besprens Laguna Pistons La Union Paower jonathan del rosario Edgie Jejillos CamSur Express 2019-20 NBL Presidents Cup

Laguna handed La Union its first loss, 107-98, in the final day of the elimination round of the National Basketball League (NBL) Season 3 Black Arrow Express-President’s Cup at the University of Baguio Gym.

Shin Manacsa had 25 points to lead the Pistons to the victory to cap the eliminations with a 3-3 card in Group B, sealing the fifth-seed in the next round.

Romel Doliente had 15 points but the Paower suffered their first defeat to end with a 5-1 record. La Union though took the first spot in Group B and will hold a twice-to-beat advantage in the quarterfinals.

The Pistons will face Group A fourth-seed Cavite Ballers on March 8 in a crossover playoff round, with the Ballers holding a twice-to-beat advantage.

In other games, Edgie Jejillos had 24 points on 5 of 11 shooting from threes as the Nueva Ecija Besprens defeated the Zamboanga Valientes, 96-55, to seal the fourth-seed in Group B.

Nueva Ecija will face Group A fifth-seed Quezon City Defenders on March 8 with the Besprens owning a twice-to-beat incentive.

Jonathan Del Rosario had 16 points including four triples as the CamSur Express sealed the number one spot in Group A with an 87-84 win over the Taguig Generals.

CamSur and Taguig are tied at 5-1 in Group A but the Express will get the top rank in Group A for the quarterfinal round.

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