Red Lions roar vs Tanduay as Cignal connects for fifth in a row

ABS-CBN Sports on Feb 23, 2017 07:31 PM
Red Lions roar as Cignal connects for fifth in a row
CLEAR.

Not even a slow start could stop Cignal-San Beda College from bagging its fifth straight win, as it fended off Tanduay, 85-71, Thursday in the 2017 PBA D-League Aspirants' Cup at the Ynares Arena in Pasig.

Banking on their Red Lion core, the Hawkeyes fought back from an early 4-16 deficit and chucked the lead off before finally snaring a 54-48 edge after three quarters.

It was downhill spiral from there for the Rhum Masters, as Robert Bolick and Pamboy Raymundo provided the final touches in the Cignal victory.

"Again, it's credit to boys. They stepped up our game. We started bad but it was our second group, the San Beda boys, who really stepped up," said coach Boyet Fernandez.

Bolick led the Hawkeyes with 23 points, three rebounds, and three assists while Raymundo got 13 markers.

Javee Mocon also chipped in 10 points, five boards, and two assists to help Cignal improve to 5-1.

"We're happy that we got this win. We really wanted to win this to help us in our positioning at the end of the eliminations. We gave ourselves a chance to close in to that top two," Fernandez said, as the Hawkeyes remained in the race for the automatic semifinal incentives.

Bong Quinto carried Tanduay (3-3) with 20 points, seven assists, and three rebounds, but committed seven turnovers in the defeat.

In the first game, CafeFrance used a huge 38-point third quarter outburst to thwart Victoria Sports-MLQU's upset bid and pull off a 95-84 victory.

Paul Desiderio and Rod Ebondo emerged as a formidable duo after the halftime break as they ushered a 17-4 run to overturn a 44-32 halftime deficit to a 49-48 lead with six minutes left in the third period.

The Bakers continued to pounce on Victoria, finishing the quarter on top, 70-61, and even led by as much as 13, 93-80, with three minutes left in the game.

Ebondo topped CafeFrance with 27 points, 18 rebounds, and five blocks, while Desiderio unfurled 15 of his 20 markers in the third quarter, to go with nine boards.

"The boys wanted to win so much that they played erratic. So in the second half, we focused on playing defense and that did the trick for us," said coach Egay Macaraya 

Aaron Jeruta chipped in 11 points, four rebounds, and three assists, while Jeepy Faundo and Rich Guinitaran combined for 20 to sustain the Bakers' winning run to four and rise to a 5-1 slate.

Robbie Herndon poured 20 points, eight rebounds, and five assists for Victoria Sports (1-5), while Aris Dionisio tallied 14 markers and 12 boards in the loss.

BOX SCORES 

FIRST GAME

CAFE FRANCE 95 - Ebondo 27, Desiderio 20, Jeruta 11, Faundo 10, Guinitaran 10, Manlangit 8, Calisaan 7, Aquino 2, Arim 0, Casino 0, Gabriel 0, Veron 0, Wamar 0.

VICTORIA 84 - Herndon 20, Dionisio 14, Grimaldo 11, Sorela 10, Nicholls 8, Koga 6, Ayonayon 5, Bitoon 4, Lao 4, Ragasa 2, Mag-isa 0.

QUARTER SCORES: 17-21, 32-44, 70-61, 95-84.

SECOND GAME

CIGNAL 85 - Bolick 23, Raymundo 13, Mocon 10, Perkins 9, Potts 9, Villarias 7, Oftana 6, Adamos 2, Arboleda 2, Bahio 2, Bringas 2, Batino 0, Cahilig 0, Tongco 0.

TANDUAY 71 - Quinto 20, Sanga 9, Eguilos 8, Reyes 8, Sollano 8, Cruz 6, Raymundo 5, Santos 2, Stevens 2, Vigil 2, Moralde 1, Palma 0, Varilla 0.

QUARTER SCORES: 11-19, 34-33, 54-48, 85-71.

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