MANILA — In what can be considered an early upset in the MPBL Playoffs, fifth-seeded Bacolod defeated fourth-seeded GenSan 81-77 in Game 1 of their Southern Division first round meeting on Monday night at the Vitaliano Agan Coliseum in Zamboanga City. The game took place at the Vitaliano Agan Coliseum in Zamboanga City.
The Warriors were up by three points going into the third quarter, but Nico Elorde, Chris Masaglang, and Christian Fajarito led a valiant comeback that was ultimately unsuccessful. The Ballers outscored the Warriors in the third quarter by a score of 26-15.
Bacolod was led by Alwyn Alday and Jhan Nermal, who each scored 20 points, with the latter completing a double-double by collecting 11 rebounds to go along with his scoring total. Bacolod has a chance to win the series the next week.
Masaglang shot a perfect 6 for 7 from the field to finish with 13 points, five rebounds, two assists, and three steals for GenSan, which has a chance to get back on track if it can win Game 2 at home.
Elorde and Fajarito both contributed 12 points, with Elorde making all five of his field goal attempts and Fajarito completing the game with a double-double (10 rebounds in addition to his 12 points).
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