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Pacquiao posts triple-double as South dumps North in Executives Game

League Founder and CEO Manny Pacquiao tallied a triple-double as the South team routed the North squad, 114-63, on Saturday in the OKBet-Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League (MPBL) Season 5 Executives Game at the All-Star

Manny Pacquiao powers South over North in the MPBL Executives Game. MPBL PHOTO

Weekend at the Bataan People's Center in Balanga, Bataan.

Getting better with age, Pacquiao posted 33 points, including five triples, 15 assists and 11 rebounds in 37 minutes and 39 seconds of play to better all his stats in last year's edition where he drilled in a buzzer-beater triple to enable South to tie North, 107-107.

That time, Pacquiao had 30 points, including four triples, eight rebounds and four assists in 37 minutes and 30 seconds of action.

Fittingly, Pacquiao was named the game's best player.

There was no thriller this time as the South pulled away by the first quarter, 37-13, and padded the lead up to the final buzzer with Mermann Flores, Kaizer Galvez, Jojo Cunanan and Denzel Jansen Wong joining the scoring fray.

Flores contributed 18 points and seven rebounds even as Wong added 13 points and 10 rebounds and Galvez netted 12 points and 10 rebounds.

With Michael Jay Javelosa pulling down 22 rebounds and Marlou Aquino snagging 10, the South dominated the boards, 92-55.

Don Dulay, coach of the Makati OKBet Kings, scored 15 points, grabbed 17 rebounds and issued six assists for the North, which also got 14 points from Alfonso Kaw and 13 points from Richard Rosales.

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