Cignal floors Racal in heavyweight bout for top-seed
TO THE VICTOR.
Javee Mocon came alive in the fourth quarter, unloading eight of his 18 points to deliver Cignal-San Beda a 96-86 win over Racal on Monday to take pole position in the 2017 PBA D-League Aspirants’ Cup at the JCSGO Gym in Quezon City.
The incoming fourth year forward took charge in the endgame, helping the Hawkeyes fire the decisive 10-2 blast to turn a 77-74 edge to a commanding 87-76 lead with 4:17 remaining.
Mocon also hauled eight rebounds and three assists to keep Cignal’s eight-game winning streak alive. They wound up with an 8-1 record to end the elimination round.
“We just wanted to bring the positive attitude going to the semifinals,” said coach Boyet Fernandez.
Jason Perkins paced the Hawkeyes with 25 markers, six boards, and four assists while Pamboy Raymundo had 10 points, three rebounds, and three assists.
“It’s really the character of my players,” said Fernandez. “We were up in the first quarter, lost the lead in second, but they stepped up their game in the third and credit to them for pulling away in the fourth. It’s for my players. It’s really their effort today which really won this game.”
Jackson Corpuz got 20 points and six rebounds for the second-seed Racal (7-2), while Kent Salado got 18 markers and six boards in the loss
CIGNAL-SAN BEDA 96 - Perkins 25, Mocon 18, Raymundo 10, Bolick 9, Cahilig 8, Potts 6, Tongco 6, Villarias 4, Oftana 3, Arboleda 2, Arong 2, Batino 2, Adamos 1, Bringas 0.
RACAL 86 - Corpuz 20, Salado 18, Dagangon 9, Gabawan 8, Onwubere 7, Mangahas 6, Gabayni 4, Terso 4, Cabrera 3, Flores 3, Gumaru 2, Nambatac 2, Capacio 0, Torres 0.
QUARTER SCORES: 31-22, 53-54, 75-72, 96-86.