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Valenzuela finally breaks through, stuns Bataan

By: - Reporter / @cedelfptINQ
/ 05:10 AM June 28, 2019

Valenzuela finally repaid its loyal and passionate fan base with a victory—and a performance—to remember.

The Classic rallied from a 14-point deficit in the final quarter and then finished strong in overtime for a stunning 92-86 win over the powerhouse Bataan Risers in an MPBL Lakan Season game that ended early on Thursday morning at Valenzuela Astrodome.

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Paolo Hubalde, Chris de Chavez and unheralded guard Onin Catacutan joined forces down the stretch as the Classic toppled the star-studded Bataan team.

A rejuvenated Hubalde fired 21 points that went with eight rebounds, five assists and four steals, while Catacutan finished with 12 points, including key baskets that sparked the comeback.

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It was De Chavez, however, who hit a triple with two seconds remaining in regulation to force overtime.

Earlier, Basilan put the clamps on Pampanga’s gunners in overtime as the Steel overcame the Giant Lanterns, 83-74, while Pasig Sta. Lucia, drawing a big game from Jeric Teng, slipped past Caloocan, 89-87.

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