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Derige erupts for 31, tows QC over Pampanga in coach Christian Coronel debut

by Reynald Magallon, November 22, 2019 6:45pm

Clark Derige spearheaded the huge second half from the Quezon City capital, exploding for 31 points to turn back the Pampanga Lanterns, 81-75 in the Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League (MPBL) Lakan Cup at the Pasig Sports Center on Friday.

Derige unleashed 20 of his total output in the second half as he helped the Capitals and debuting head coach Christian Coronel recover from a 14-point deficit at the half. Coronel took over for QC after former head coach Vis Valencia resigned from his coaching post. 

Derige also added eight boards across his name while Ryan Costelo and Peejay Barua 14 and 10 markers to provide support.

The Capitals got their first taste of the lead after Costelo shoved Quezon City ahead for the before Derige scored inside to extend the lead to four, 65-61 with 8:10 left in the payoff period.

They never let go of the advantage since then as Costelo and Derige conspired for a 5-0 spurt to counter a Levi Hernandez nailed a long bomb. The Lanterns however replied with a 4-0 counter courtesy of back-to-back layups from Apreku and Thompson to come within two, 70-68.

A dry spell then struck both teams in the ensuing plays before Barua scored on a layup for QC. Hernandez replied with a layup off a breakaway but Derige split his charities on the other end for a three point lead, 73-70 with 2:10 remaining in the game.

Dexter Maiquez pulled within two with a free throw but Costelo scored on a high arching finger role to give his team a four point cushion. Mark Cruz however just refused to give up as he nailed a tough corner trey to cut the deficit to one, 75-74 with less than a minute left in the clock but Derige nailed the booming left wing triple and three more free throws to put the nail on the coffin for QC.

Maiquez paced the Lanterns with 18 points while Hernandez added 17 markers. Those, however weren't enough as Pampanga absorbed its second straight loss for 13-9 record. QC meanwhile were finally back in the win column for a 9-13 card.

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