Perkins rescues Cignal from brink of elimination

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Mar 23, 2017 05:17 PM
Perkins rescues Cignal from brink of elimination
HEFTY LEFTY. Jason Perkins held down the fort for Cignal up against rallying Tanduay.

Lester Alvarez and Bong Quinto waxed hot and went hard at Cignal which was in control for most of Game 2 in the 2017 PBA D-League Aspirants Cup Semifinals.

At the very end, however, there were veterans Jason Perkins and Pamboy Raymundo to hold down the fort for the Hawkeyes.

Responding to Alvarez and Quinto’s 20-7 tear for Tanduay with a 10-6 run, Perkins and Raymundo steadied the Hawkeyes all the way to a well-earned 89-86 win on Thursday at the Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig.

Behind a balanced attack, the San Beda-backed squad powered their way to an advantage of as much as 13 in the second quarter. That wasn’t the end of it, however, as even coach Boyet Fernandez had to say, “When we were up by 13, they thought it’s already a all game.”

Indeed, Rhum Masters came alive in the second half, however, especially in the final frame where Alvarez and Quinto combined for all of the points in the 20-7 tear that snatched a 78-77 lead in their favor.

It was at that point, however, that MVP frontrunner Perkins and heady Raymundo took charge for top-seeded Cignal with a 10-6 run. “Jason doesn’t want to go home, Pamboy doesn’t want to go home, everybody doesn’t want to go home,” Fernandez expressed.

Quinto again had Tanduay threatening at 86-87 with 10.4 ticks to go, but Robert Bolicks free throws coupled with Mark Cruz’s missed triple try ensured a do-or-die Game 3 between the two teams on Tuesday still at the same venue.

Perkins wound up with 15 points and five rebounds to lead four other teammates in double-digits. Raymundo chipped in 11 markers of his own in the Hawkeyes’ much-needed win. “Another day to live. Credit to the coaching staff and the players,” Fernandez said.

For the Rhum Masters, Alvarez poured in 10 of his 15 points in the fourth while Quinto scored all but two of his seven caroms in the same quarter. With their rally falling short, however, they will have to try again in ousting the tournament’s top seed.

BOX SCORES

CIGNAL 89 - Perkins 15, Adamos 13, Bolick 13, Potts 12, Raymundo 11, Bringas 8, Arboleda 5, Mocon 5, Arong 4, Villarias 3, Batino 0, Oftana 0.

TANDUAY 86 - Eguilos 18, Alvarez 15, Sanga 11, Quinto 9, Cruz 8, Gaco 8, Santos 6, Palma 5, Varilla 3, Vigil 3.

QUARTER SCORES: 21-21, 45-38, 70-58, 89-86.

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