Hawkeyes soar to sixth straight, first playoff berth in PBA D-League
ABS-CBN Sports on Feb 28, 2017 07:52 PM
Cignal-San Beda College booked the first quarterfinals seat in the 2017 PBA D-League Aspirants' Cup, routing Victoria Sports-MLQU, 83-68, Tuesday at JCSGO Gym in Quezon City.
Jason Perkins led the fight for the Hawkeyes, registering a double-double of 16 points and 11 rebounds while Fil-Swede forward Andres Cahilig nabbed a career-high 13 markers and three rebounds in their latest win.
Robert Bolick also chimed in 12 points, six rebounds, four assists, and two steals while Byron Villarias got 10.
"Right now, we're happy about it. Our first goal was to make it to the quarterfinals. It's one of our achievements, but still, the boys did a good job. Hopefully, we won't stop here and we continue to improve," said coach Boyet Fernandez.
Using a 12-3 charge to end the game, the Hawkeyes were finally able to escape the clutches of Victoria, swinging a close five-point lead with 5:02 remaining to a 15-point spread.
With its sixth straight victory, Cignal rose up to first place with a 6-1 slate while also kicking Victoria (1-6) out of the playoff race.
Aris Dionisio paced Victoria with 12 points and five rebounds while Jayson Grimaldo had 11 markers and 10 boards.
In the first game, Batangas scored back-to-back wins with a 92-68 rout of Blustar Detergent, eliminating the Dragons from playoff contention.
Dan Sara steered the Batanguenos' second period breakaway, firing nine in the team's 27-point explosion which led to a 46-30 halftime advantage. They would extend the lead to as much as 24, 82-58, with six minutes remaining in the fourth quarter.
Joseph Sedurifa topped Batangas with 21 points, 12 rebounds, and four assists while Sara wound up with 14 markers, nine assists, and four boards as they improved to a 3-4 slate.
Cedrick Ablaza also registered a double-double of 13 points, 14 rebounds, and four steals in the win.
"Syempre kung kaya manalo, ipapanalo. But we're not in a hurry. Lahat ng nangyayari sa amin, bonus na lang," said coach Eric Gonzales, as his focus remains wrested on improving the squad rather than the team's progress this conference.
"Kung titingnan mo yung playoff as a goal, our next game against Tanduay is make or break. But for us, we're happy with what we have right now, we try to improve on that, and what we improved on, we'll try to build on that pa," he added.
Tristan Perez led Blustar (0-6) with 19 points and seven rebounds, while Jason Melano got 17 markers, eight boards, three assists, and two blocks in the defeat.
BATANGAS 92 - Sedurifa 21, Sara 14, Ablaza 13, Dela Pena 9, Isit 9, Mangabang 8, Andrada 4, De Joya 4, Laude 4, Ada 2, Fortu 2, Inciong 2, Lascano 0.
BLUSTAR 68 - Perez 19, Melano 17, Liaw 12, Mak 6, Kwaan 6, Ong 5, Choong 2, Ang 1, Gan 0, Heng 0, Kamalrulzaman 0, Liew 0, Mokles 0, Chin 0.
QUARTER SCORES: 19-13, 46-30, 72-56, 92-68.
CIGNAL 83 - Perkins 16, Cahilig 13, Bolick 12, Villarias 10, Potts 8, Raymundo 5, Batino 4, Bringas 4, Mocon 4, Arboleda 3, Oftana 2, Tongco 2, Adamos 0, Presbitero 0.
VICTORIA 68 - Dionisio 12, Grimaldo 11, Koga 10, Lao 10, Mag-isa 9, Ragasa 5, Ayonayon 4, Herndon 4, Nicholls 3, Bitoon 0, Sorela 0.
QUARTER SCORES: 18-21, 36-31, 61-54, 83-68.