Game 1 goes to Hawkeyes after smashing Tile Masters

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Mar 30, 2017 06:17 PM
Game 1 goes to Hawkeyes after smashing Tile Masters
START TO FINISH. Cignal rode Jason Perkins, Pamboy Raymundo, and Robert Bolick from start to finish in their Game 1 romp through Racal.

Cignal has won 11 of its last 12 games in the 2017 PBA D-League Aspirants Cup.

The most recent one of which, putting them one win away from the championship.

The Hawkeyes had no problems whatsoever in Game 1 of the Finals on Thursday at Pasig’s Ynares Sports Arena, rolling to a 93-85 triumph over late-charging Racal.

Jason Perkins scored 28 points alongside eight rebounds, Pamboy Raymundo chimed in 21 markers of his own, and the San Beda College-backed squad dominated their opponents from the opening tip. “Credit to the boys for our strong start,” head coach Boyet Fernandez said.

Fernandez’ boys got off to an 11-3 start which then became a 26-9 lead late in the first quarter.

From that point, it was clear that Cignal was taking this one and never letting it go.

By halftime, Perkins and Raymundo had 36 points combined – matching the output of all the Tile Masters in the same timeframe.

It was far from over at that point, however, and Rey Nambatac scorched the net in the second half, bringing Racal as close as 81-86 inside the last two minutes.

Still, Perkins, Raymundo, and Robert Bolick were there to steady the ship for the Hawkeyes and merged for all of the Hawkeyes’ 7-4 run to seal the deal. “A team like Racal is capable of coming back from big deficits. Today, it’s really the boys who stepped up and stopped the bleeding for us late,” Fernandez said.

Bolick, who has emerged as an MVP contender in this tournament, contributed 19 points, six assists, and five rebounds to help Cignal onto another win.

In a total of 13 games in the tournament, the Hawkeyes have only lost twice. And now, Fernandez is on the brink of his seventh championship in the PBA D-League.

He’s not thinking too far ahead, however. “We’re happy to get this one, but we only won one game. We have to beat Racal again.”

They try to do just that on Monday at the Filoil Flying V Centre.

For Racal, it was Nambatac who fronted the effort with 23 points, six rebounds, and three assists.

BOX SCORES

CIGNAL 93 – Perkins 28, Raymundo 21, Bolick 19, Adamos 7, Arboleda 7, Oftana 6, Potts 5, Mocon 0, Batino 0, Tongco 0, Villarias 0, Bringas 0

RACAL 85 – Nambatac 23, Corpuz 15, Onwubere 14, Gabayni 8, Salado 7, Torres 6, Mangahas 5, Dagangon 4, Capacio 2, Cabrera 1, Terso 0, Flores 0, Gabawan 0, Gumaru 0

QUARTER SCORES: 26-14, 55-36, 74-59, 93-85

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