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Cignal-Ateneo books ticket to PBA D-League playoffs

By ABS-CBN Sports on Apr 25, 2019 03:35 PM

Cignal-Ateneo had no problems whatsoever taking care of business against Batangas-EAC

Cignal-Ateneo progressed to the 2019 PBA D-League playoffs with a 44-point evisceration of Batangas-EAC, 90-46, Thursday at Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig.

Matt Nieto was at the forefront of the beatdown, unloading 10 of his 16 points in the first half to slowly pull away from a tight 16-9 affair. He also had two rebounds and two assists for the Blue Eagles.

Tyler Tio poured 19 points as he shot 4-of-9 from downtown to lead Cignal-Ateneo to its fifth straight victory to rise to 7-1.

William Navarro recorded a double-double with his 13 points, 11 rebounds, and two blocks, Mike Nieto had himself 10 points and three boards, as Isaac Go finished with 11 and six as well as giving the Blue Eagles their biggest advantage at 48, 88-40, with a pair of free throws in the last 2:12.

"It was a physical game and I think that's certainly their formula with dealing with our big guys. But I told the players to play through that and play good basketball, and that's what we focused on," said coach Tab Baldwin.

Batangas-EAC bowed out of the playoff race as it fell to 2-6.

JP Maguliano was the lone player to notch double-digits in scoring with his 12 points and six rebounds in the defeat.

Meanwhile, Valencia City Bukidnon-San Sebastian clobbered Perpetual, 106-75, to inch closer to a playoff berth.

RK Ilagan torched the opposition with his 4-of-9 sniping from deep as he fired 27 points, seven rebounds, seven assists, and two steals.

Jielo Razon anchored the Altas with 19 points, six rebounds, and two assists, but that wasn't enough from saving his side to their third straight loss to fall to 1-5. 

BOX SCORES

FIRST GAME

VALENCIA-BASTE 106 -- Ilagan 27, Bulanadi 18, Calma 14, Calahat 12, Are 11, Bonleon 9, Capobres 7, Sumoda 4, Desoyo 2, Baclay 2, Villapando 0, Tero 0, Altamirano 0, Loristo 0, Dela Cruz 0.

PERPETUAL 75 -- Razon 19, Egan 11, Peralta 10, Guissani 7, Charcos 6, Adamos 6, Sese 6, Martel 3, Tamayo 3, Pasia 2, Lanoy 1, Labarda 1, Cuevas 0.

QUARTER SCORES: 21-19, 48-40, 81-56, 106-75.

SECOND GAME

CIGNAL-ATENEO 90 -- Tio 19, Ma. Nieto 16, Navarro 13, Go 11, Mi. Nieto 10, Kouame 8, Wong 4, Berjay 3, Belangel 3, Andrade 2, Mamuyac 1, Daves 0.

BATANGAS-EAC 46 -- Maguliano 12, E. Mendoza 9, Tampoc 6, Cadua 5, Taywan 4, Carlos 3, Corilla 2, Oppong 2, De Guzman 2, Dela Pena 1, Gonzales 0, Martin 0, J. Mendoza 0, Boffa 0, Fuentes 0.

QUARTER SCORES: 16-9, 40-19, 65-31, 90-46.

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