Semifinals-bound home team Pampanga denied Taguig of a twice-to-beat advantage in the quarterfinals, scoring a 108-88 win, Saturday night in the 2021 Chooks-to-Go NBL Chairman’s Cup at the Bren Z. Guiao Convention Center in San Fernando.
The Delta blew the game wide open with a third quarter storm.
Ahead by just seven at halftime, Pampanga was determined to play spoiler in a non-bearing match to it, outscoring the Generals 28-12 in the third quarter to erect a 23-point lead, 81-58.
Rhanzelle Yong came off the bench and dropped 16 points on 8-of-12 shooting as the Delta finished atop the standings behind a 9-1 win-loss card and advanced straight to the semis.
CJ Gania fired 16 points and seven rebounds while Encho Serrano got 15 points, four rebounds, and three assists.
Levi Hernandez tallied 15 points, seven rebounds, five assists, two blocks, and a steal in just 24 minutes of action.
Leading the way for the Generals were Jonathan Lontoc and Fidel Castro, both producing 15 points with the former grabbing nine rebounds.
LJ Mayo went 4-of-6 from the field to end with 14 points to go with 10 rebounds, four assists, and three blocks.
Dan Natividad was a spark off the bench with 14 points but committed seven turnovers.
The Generals fell to 6-4, still good for fifth.
Their loss also means that Bulacan DF clinched one of the two twice-to-beat advantages in the quarterfinals.
Pampanga 108 – Yong 16, Gania 16, Serrano 15, Hernandez 15, Garcia 8, Manaloto 7, Liangco 7, David 7, Santos 6, Dyke 5, Binuya 4, Pascual D. 2.
Taguig 88 – Lontoc 15, Castro 15, Mayo 14, Natividad 14, Tancioco 9, Alcantara 8, Sampurna 4, Santos 4, Gilbero 3, Yasa 2, Caduada 0, Subrabas 0.
Quarterscores: 28-23, 53-46, 81-58, 108-88.