Cignal torches JRU with 44-point blowout
ABS-CBN Sports on Mar 02, 2017 07:12 PM
Robert Bolick delivered 16 points to help Cignal connect its seventh win in eight outings to move a step closer to an outright semis berth.
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Cignal inched closer to snatching one of the two outright semifinals spots in a merciless crushing of Jose Rizal University, 94-50, Thursday in the 2017 PBA D-League Aspirants' Cup at Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig.
Robert Bolick led the Hawkeyes with 16 points, four rebounds, three assists, a steal, and a block as they racked their seventh straight win and improve to a 7-1 card.
Ben Adamos also chipped in 11 markers and two boards, while Andreas Cahilig also had 11 points and four rebounds.
"We're very happy with the way we played today. We stuck with our game plan and we were able to limit (Tey) Teodoro and (Paolo) Pontejos," said coach Boyet Fernandez.
The JRU gunners were stymied to just six points in the game, with Pontejos exiting midway in the second quarter due to a left foot sprain.
Cignal established dominance early, taking a 28-13 edge after the first frame and continued to pound on the Heavy Bombers to grab a lead as high as 48, 94-46, late in the payoff period courtesy of a Calvin Oftana fastbreak.
Abdel Poutouochi was the lone bright spot for JRU (3-4) with 10 points and seven rebounds.
Meanwhile, Wangs Basketball stayed alive in the playoff race, thwarting Blustar Detergent's late rally to escape, 87-78, in the opening match.
John Tayongtong carried the Couriers with 18 points, five assists, and four rebounds, while also providing the necessary buckets late as he scored four of the team's final six markers to repulse a pesky Dragons side.
Blustar cut what was once a 20-point advantage, 67-47 in the third quarter, to just five, 81-76, courtesy of a Jason Melano-Mak Long Seng connection in the last 2:04 in the payoff period. But Tayongtong was there to douse cold water on that run and finish the job for Wangs, which improved to 3-5 record.
"Maganda ang nangyari sa amin. Buhay pa ang pag-asa namin sa playoffs at buti na lang, nakipag-coordinate ang players ko dito sa panalo," said Wangs coach Pablo Lucas.
Labing-isa added 18 markers, four boards, and three assists, Allen Enriquez had a near double-double of 14 points and nine rebounds, and Von Tambeling had 12 markers, two boards, and two dimes in the win.
Melano carried Blustar (0-7) with 22 points and 11 rebounds, while Ong Yong Wei had 14 markers and six boards in the loss.
WANGS 87 - Labing-isa 18, Tayongtong 18, Enriquez 14, Tambeling 12, Publico 9, Lasco 7, Regalado 4, Brana 3, Montuano 2, King 0, Salcedo 0.
BLUSTAR 78 - Melano 22, Ong 14, Kwaan 12, Perez 8, Ang 7, Mak 6, Choong 4, Liaw 4, Chin 1, Heng 0.
Quarters: 27-14, 49-38, 71-61, 87-78.
CIGNAL 94 - Bolick 16, Adamos 11, Cahilig 11, Perkins 9, Oftana 8, Tongco 8, Bringas 7, Mocon 7, Potts 6, Batino 4, Villarias 4, Raymundo 2, Presbitero 1, Arboleda 0.
JRU 50 - Poutouochi 10, Grospe 7, Dela Virgen 6, Pontejos 4, Amboludto 3, Bautista 3, Bulawan 3, Estrella 3, Mate 3, Astilla 2, Bordon 2, Lasquety 2, Teodoro 2, Sawat 0.
Quarters: 28-13, 49-26, 70-37, 94-50.