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    Pampanga, La Union move closer to arranging NBL finals rematch

    Nov 20, 2021
    Encho Serrano Pampanga Delta NBL
    Encho Serrano sparks the Delta in climbing out of a huge hole.
    PHOTO: NBL-Pilipinas

    PAMPANGA and La Union took a step closer to advancing to the finals of the Chooks-to-Go NBL Chairman’s Cup 2021 after winning in Game One of their respective semifinals series on Saturday night at the Bren Z. Guiao Convention Center.

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    Encho Serrano and Levi Hernandez helped the Delta in overcoming a 17-point deficit to beat Taguig, 108-102, in their series opener, while Jonathan Ablao erupted from threes as the PAOwer defeated Muntinlupa, 102-86, to earn first blood of the best-of-three semifinals.

    Jonathan Ablao La Union Paower NBL

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    Pampanga and La Union can arrange a rematch of their finals clash last year with a win in Game Two on Sunday at the Bren Z. Guiao Convention Center.

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    The Delta won last year's titular showdown against the PAOwer under a bubble set-up to conclude the third season of the homegrown regional league.

    The Delta made a furious comeback after trailing 33-16. Down 41-26 in the second period, Serrano and Hernandez scored 16 points to cut the deficit to one point at the half, 53-52.

    Pampanga outscored Taguig, 34-23, to take an 86-76 lead.

    The Generals went on a tear, cutting the deficit to 103-100 late in the game but Mark Dyke scored a putback on a missed free throw by Hernandez to pad the lead to six.


      Dyke had 21 points and 12 rebounds for the Delta.

      The PAOwer went on an 11-0 start, with Ablao maintaining that big lead with three triples in the first period to hold a 35-13 advantage. Ablao finished the game with 21 points on 4 of 9 shooting from threes as La Union moved closer to a finals return.

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      Encho Serrano sparks the Delta in climbing out of a huge hole.
      PHOTO: NBL-Pilipinas
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