Tanduay escapes Marinerong Pilipino for second win in a row
Tanduay grabbed its second straight win in three games.
Tanduay flirted with disaster, but got the biggest break of the match in the last 3.1 seconds to turn back Marinerong Pilipino, 76-74, Monday in the 2017 PBA D-League Foundation Cup at the Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig City.
Lester Alvarez drained the go-ahead technical free throw while Jaymo Eguilos sealed the win with a split from the line that gave the Rhum Masters their second win in three games despite a long 13-day layoff.
Alvarez finished with 15 points while Eguilos had 10 points and nine rebounds for Tanduay, which squandered a 21-12 lead in the opening period and trailed 50-56 late in the third quarter.
Tied at 74, the Rhum Masters were sent to the free throw line after John Lopez was called with a technical foul while battling for position against Adi Santos under the basket on Tanduay’s inbound play with 3.1 seconds left.
Alvarez calmly sank his technical free throw as the Rhum Masters retained possession. Eqguilos was sent to the line with 2.5 seconds remaining and drained his first charity before intentionally missing the next to seal the victory.
“I hope we can play better but I’ll take the two-point win anytime,” said Tanduay coach Lawrence Chongson. “Maybe, we also need these kinds of games.”
Santos broke a 71-71 deadlock with a top of the key jumper in the last 31.6 ticks of the payoff period. Julian Sargent of the Skippers split his trip from the line in the next play before Renz Palma drilled one of his two free throws. Joseph Terso missed all of his charities in the next possession of Tanduay before Lopez tied the game at 74 with an under the basket shot coming off an assist by Achi Inigo with 3.1 seconds left.
Inigo scored 14 while Sargent had 10 for Marinerong Pilipino, which slid to a four-way logjam at 1-2 with Wangs, Gamboa and Centro Escolar University.
In the first game, Zark’s Burgers arrested a three-game slide with a masterful 109-91 drubbing of listless AMA Online Education.
James Mangahas and Robby Celis led the way for the Jawbreakers with 26 and 25 points, respectively.
Mangahas finished with a double-double after grabbing 14 rebounds and dropped half of his markers in the second period where Zark’s Burgers turned the tables on the Titans after trailing 23-24 at the end of the first for a 55-45 cushion at the half.
Clark Bautista had 18 points, RR De Leon added 11 while Christopher Cayabyab chipped in 10 for the Jawbreakers, who improved to 1-3 card.
“Sabi ko sa kanila, we're down 0-3 so this is a must-win,” said Jawbreakers coach Jade Padrigao. “Ito ‘yung better chance namin manalo considering yung lineup ng both teams.”
The victory was extra special for Padrigao.
“Masaya ako kasi nawala na ‘yung jinx,” added the mentor, was winless for two conferences last year in his first coaching stint with the Mindanao Agilas. “For me, relief ito. Sana magtuloy tuloy. Sabi ko lang din sa mga players always try to be competitive regardless of the record. Fortunately nanalo ngayon.”
AMA absorbed its third loss in as many outings to remain at the cellar.
Ivan Villanueva’s 29-point outing came into naught, so did Mario Bonleon’s 20 markers and the combined 25 points of Paolo Pontejos and Daniel Salonga.
Andrei Paras, son of PBA legend Benjie Paras, dominated the boards with 22 rebounds spiked by seven markers in a lost cause.
ZARK’S BURGERS (109) - Mangahas 26, Celiz 25, Bautista 18, De Leon 11, Cayabyab 10, Sheriff 7, Nalos 6, Cudal 3, Ferrer 3, Cariaga 0, Argamino 0, Juruena 0.
AMA ONLINE EDUCATION (91) - Villanueva 29, Bonleon 20, Pontejos 15, Paras 7, Macaranas 5, Subido 2, Jordan 2, Alas 1, Calma 0, Celso 0, Malones 0.
Quarter Scores: 23-24, 55-45, 73-66, 109-91.
TANDUAY (76) - Alvarez 15, Eguilos 10, Palma 9, Vigil 9, Terso 8, Santos 6, Tambeling 6, Varilla 6, Taganas 4, Sollano 2, Gaco 1.
MARINERONG PILIPINO (74) - Iñigo 14, Sargent 10, Marata 9, Lopez 8, Isip 7, Javillonar 7, Moralfde 7, Alabanza 5, Javelona 5, Gumaru 2, Nicholls 0, Publico 0.
Quarter Scores: 23-17, 41-39, 55-59, 76-74.
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