Cignal sends loud and clear message to fellow contender CafeFrance
ABS-CBN Sports on Jan 30, 2017 07:23 PM
DON'T YOU FORGET ABOUT ME. Cignal sent a statement to the league that they are also a force to be reckoned with.
Aching to show its worth, Cignal-San Beda clobbered favorites CafeFrance, 88-74, to score its breakthrough victory in 2017 PBA D-League Aspirants' Cup Monday at the Ynares Arena in Pasig.
Byron Villarias caught fire in the second half and poured 16 of his 21 points on a 5-of-8 clip from threes. Jason Perkins also tallied 14 markers and eight rebounds while Robert Bolick got 10 points, five rebounds, and four assists for the Hawkeyes.
"I'm happy with the way my players played. It's a complete 180-turnaround from our first game to this second game. Credit to the boys for steping up in practice in our last four days and hopefully, we stay consistent in playing these kinds of games," said coach Boyet Fernandez.
Cignal started out hot, erecting a 26-8 lead to open the game before a furious rally in the second allowed the Bakers to get to within five, 44-39, with 7:12 left in the third frame.
Perkins and Villarias, however, had no plans for a collapse as they brought the Hawkeyes' lead back to 24, 73-49, with 7:14 remaining.
Fernandez noted that the victory allowed Cignal to show that it can hang on along with the league's powerhouse teams, saying, "It gives us confidence that we can win in this league. We formed the team two weeks ago and winning against a champion team like CafeFrance give us confidence and trust in ourselves."
Congolese big man Rodrigue Ebondo was the lone bright spot for the Bakers with 29 points, 16 rebounds, and two blocks.
In the first game, Tanduay bounced back big, hammering Wangs Basketball for a 94-81 victory.
The Rhum Masters found their groove in the second half, as they used a 13-4 spurt to close out the third frame and grab a 77-61 edge.
Their lead would balloon to 22, 84-62, thanks to a three from Paul Sanga with 8:22 remaining.
Mark Cruz topscored for Tanduay with 27 points and three rebounds while fellow Letranite Bong Quinto got 14 markers, six boards, and five assists in the win.
The blonde-haired Raphy Reyes also chipped in 13 points and five assists and Dave Moralde added 11 as the Rhum Masters rebounded from their 83-67 season-opening defeat to CafeFrance last week.
Mark Brana carried Wangs Basketball with 13 points and six rebounds off the bench while Rey Publico tallied 12 markers and eight boards in the loss.
TANDUAY 94 - Cruz 27, Quinto 14, Reyes 13, Moralde 11, Cenal 6, Sanga 6, Sollano 6, Eguilos 4, Santos 4, Palma 2, Varilla 1.
WANGS 81 - Brana 13, Publico 12, Tambeling 10, C. Gomez 9, Labing-isa 9, Tayongtong 8, M. Gomez 6, Acosta 4, Enriquez 4, Montuano 4, Salcedo 2, Juruena 0, King 0, Regalado 0.
QUARTER SCORES: 23-17, 52-41, 77-61, 94-81.
CIGNAL 88 - Villarias 21, Perkins 14, Bolick 10, Arboleda 8, Bahio 7, Bringas 6, Raymundo 6, Potts 5, Arong 4, Mocon 3, Batino 2, Oftana 2, Adamos 0, Tongco 0.
CAFEFRANCE 74 - Ebondo 29, Aquino 10, Desiderio 6, Faundo 6, Veron 5, Guinitaran 4, Arim 3, Calisaan 3, Casino 3, Wamar 3, Jeruta 2, Gabriel 0, Manlangit 0.
QUARTER SCORES: 26-13, 42-28, 65-47, 88-74.