Racal keeps in step with league-leaders for top-seed
Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Mar 07, 2017 08:18 PM
Racal thwarted Victoria Sports-MLQU’s comeback bid and scored a 75-70 triumph to move to joint second place Tuesday in the 2017 PBA D-League Aspirants’ Cup at the JCSGO Gym in Quezon City.
Lervin Flores provided the stability on the defensive end late as his huge stops in the clutch allowed the Tile Masters to escape with another gritty win. He wound up with 14 points, 11 rebounds, and two blocks.
Kent Salado also fired 12 markers, 10 boards, and five assists, while Roider Cabrera got 10 points and six rebounds in the victory.
The win helped Racal level with CafeFrance at second spot, with both teams carrying an identical 6-1 record.
“Ang daming miscommunications. I told them na wag makumpyansa kasi (Victoria) is very deceiving. Luckily, we made stops and we had good rotations in the end game,” said coach Jerry Codinera.
Racal lost grip of its nine-point advantage, 69-60, with 6:21 left in the fourth period as Victoria unleashed a 10-0 charge to take a 70-69 lead.
The Tile Masters, though, had an ace in Flores and Sidney Onwubere as they clamped down on defense in the end game to pull off another tight one.
Racal also rebounded from its 77-75 defeat to Jose Rizal University last week to get back to its winning ways.
Aris Dionisio anchored Victoria (1-7) with 16 points and 18 rebounds, while Robbie Herndon also got 16 markers and six boards in the losing effort.
In the first game, Teytey Teodoro caught fire late as JRU pulled the rug under Wangs Basketball, 86-77, and clinch a quarterfinals spot.
The sweet-shooting guard dropped 17 of his 21 points in the fourth quarter as he captained the Heavy Bombers’ 25-point finishing kick. He also had five rebounds and two assists in the victory.
“He had the right timing when he took charge. Sabi ko sa kanya, with the game on the line, you have to get the ball. He’s a big time player,” coach Vergel Meneses said of Teodoro.
Jhaps Bautista also added 15 points, Ervin Grospe had 14 markers and three boards, while John Amboludto got 10 points and nine rebounds for JRU.
The Heavy Bombers fought back from a 12-point deficit, 44-32, in the second period as it unleashed a superb second half to swing the momentum to their favor. Teodoro, then, completed the comeback as he fired 15 of the team’s final 15 markers.
JRU (4-4) completed the post-season cast thanks to its 70-65 win over Batangas (3-5) earlier in the conference, while also eliminating the Batanguenos and the Couriers in the process.
Mark Montuano paced Wangs (3-6) with 20 points and 10 rebounds, while Rey Publico had 19 markers and eight boards.
JRU 86 - Teodoro 21, Bautista 15, Grospe 14, Amboludto 10, Bulawan 9, Marquez 9, Poutouochi 6, Bordon 2, Astilla 0, Dela Virgen 0, Lasquety 0.
WANGS 77 - Montuano 20, Publico 19, Tambeling 11, Tayongtong 11, King 5, Enriquez 4, Montemayor 4, Lasco 2, Labing-isa 1, Brana 0, Regalado 0, Salcedo 0.
QUARTER SCORES: 17-20, 39-48, 61-63, 86-77.
RACAL 75 - Flores 14, Salado 12, Cabrera 10, Torres 9, Mangahas 7, Onwubere 7, Nambatac 4, Terso 4, Apreku 2, Corpuz 2, Dagangon 2, Gumaru 2, Gabawan 0.
VICTORIA 70 - Dionisio 16, Herndon 16, Grimaldo 11, Ayonayon 8, Koga 8, Ragasa 4, Nicholls 3, Lao 2, Puspus 2.
QUARTER SCORES: 24-20, 44-36, 62-54, 75-70.