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MPBL: Laguna, Caloocan pull off contrasting wins


by Kristel Satumbaga

The Laguna Heroes and Caloocan Supremos posted contrasting victories yesterday in Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League Datu Cup at the Caloocan Sports Complex.

The Heroes pulled away from a 57-all tie in the final 1:16 to turn back the Marikina Shoemasters, 63-61, while the Supremos overpowered the Pasay Voyagers, 85-63.

Paolo Pontejos had 13 points while Michael Mabulac added 12 points and 18 rebounds as the Heroes hiked their tally to 9-11. The Shoemasters skidded to 7-11.

The Supremos set the tone early with a 27-15 lead and limited the Voyagers to only nine points for a 41-24 halftime advantage en route to their seventh win against 13 defeats.

Rene Pacquiao, a second cousin of Manny Pacquaio, paced the Supremos with 20 points and seven boards, Almond Vostros and Jessmar Villahermosa had 14 points each, and Paul Sanga added 12 points.

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