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SMC Liga Pilipinas: MisOr dethrones Niños

/ 12:41 AM July 19, 2011

CAGAYAN DE ORO—The Misamis Oriental Meteors ruled the SMC Liga Pilipinas Conference V National Championship by dethroning the M. Lhuillier Kwarta Padala-Cebu Niños, 66-60, in their one-game playoff Sunday evening at the Xavier University Gymnasium.

MisOr captured its second national championship after winning Conference II in 2009 and avenged back-to-back national final losses to the Niños.

Trailing, 35-42, midway in the third period, the Meteors dropped a 13-3 bomb led by Lyndon Gudez that pushed them ahead for good, 48-45. A late basket by Cebu’s Ariel Mepana closed out the third period, 47-48.

“It was a well-deserved victory,” said Meteors team owner Gov. Oscar S. Moreno. “It could have gone either way but the breaks of the game were for us.”

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Earlier, the Laguna Golden Lions of Gov. ER Ejercito and coach Philip Cezar took third place at the expense of Cebu Landmasters RDAK-Mandaue, 85-77.

The scores:
MisOr 66—Lingganay 10, Gudez 9, Bono 8, Billones 7, Raneses 7, Daa 6, Lamocha 6, Misa 4, Larong 4, Capati 3, Lucernas 2, Gerilla 0, Moreno 0.
M. Lhuillier-Cebu 60—Maliksi 22, Saladaga 7, Ababon 7, Padilla 6, Mepana 6, Belano 5, Cruz 4, Santos 2, Dacia 1, Nailon 0, Raymundo 0.
Quarters: 9-15, 29-32, 48-47, 66-60

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