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    Mark Cruz marks MPBL debut with triple double as Pampanga sinks GenSan

    Jun 13, 2019
    PHOTO: Marlo Cueto

    MARK Cruz completed a triple-double in his Pampanga debut as the Giant Lanterns beat the GenSan Warriors, 94-85, in the Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League (MPBL) Season 3 Lakandula Cup at the Caloocan Sports Complex.

    Cruz was impressive in his first game back to competitive basketball after a long layoff, compiling 16 points, 11 rebounds, and 12 assists for a Pampanga side that signed him toward the end of last season.

    Cruz became only the second MPBL player to tally a triple-double in his first game in the league, joining Andoy Estrella of the Quezon City Capitals.

    Pampanga’s win spoiled the much-awaited league debut of Fil-American guard Mikey Williams, who had 27 points and 10 rebounds for GenSan.

    “First game pa lang ‘yan. Marami pang games, 31 teams ito. 29 games pa. Malayong-malayo pa. It’s just a good thing na nanalo kami and it’s a big factor for the next games,” said new Pampanga coach Bong Ramos, who recently coached Blackwater in the PBA.

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    Michael Juico topscored for Pampanga with 21 points while Travis Thompson and Levi Hernandez had 11 points each.

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    PHOTO: Marlo Cueto
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