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    Fiery Encho Serrano leads Pampanga Delta to an NBL double

    Dec 5, 2021
    The Pampanga Delta celebrate a second successive NBL title.
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    ENCHO Serrano picked up the cudgels late as Pampanga beat La Union, 111-98, on Sunday to capture its second straight NBL crown at the Bren Z. Guiao Convention Center in San Fernando City.

    Serrano led the way with 26 points, eight rebounds, seven assists, and three steals on his way to winning the Finals MVP award and a place in the Mythical Five at the end of the Chooks-to-Go NBL Chairman’s Cup.

    The former La Salle standout averaged 21.5 points, 5.0 rebounds, and 8.5 assists in the series sweep.

    Encho Serrano is named Finals MVP

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    Pampanga capped the eliminations with a 9-1 win-loss card before beating Taguig in the semifinals. The Delta then won again over the PAOwer, the same team they defeated in last year’s bubble.

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    Serrano also got enough support, with Rhanzelle Yong scoring 20 points and grabbing nine rebounds, and CJ Gania adding 16 points and 11 rebounds.

    Mark Dyke also came up big for the mighty Delta, grabbing 14 rebounds.

    Serrano staked Pampanga to a 19-4 lead and the Delta staved off several rallies of the PAOwer, keeping their nerves even after La Union cut the deficit to 53-47 at halftime.

    Kirk Agulan scored 23 points while Erven Silverie added 22 for La Union, which also got a gallant effort from Jayson Apolonio, who played despite a knee injury.

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      The scores:

      Pampanga 111 — Serrano 26, Yong 20, Gania 16, Garcia 12, David 12, Hernandez 9, Dyke 7, Pascual 4, Santos 3, Liangco 2.

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      La Union 98 — Agulan 23, Silverie 22, Pambid 14, Ablao 11, Apolonio 9, Llona 7, Maynes 4, Gurtiza 4, Gatchalian 2, Blaza 2, Doliente 0, Francisco 0, Caasi 0.

      Quarterscores: 28-15; 53-47; 84-68; 111-98.

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