Mocon powers Cignal to PBA D-League title

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Apr 06, 2017 06:21 PM
Mocon powers Cignal to PBA D-League title
WELL-EARNED. Javee Mocon proved to be the difference for Cignal.

Without a doubt, Robert Bolick has emerged as the main man for Cignal in the 2017 PBA D-League Aspirants Cup.

In the last six minutes of the winner-take-all Game 3 of the Finals, however, it was the Javee Mocon show for the Hawkeyes.

Scoring 11 points in the endgame, Mocon brought the San Beda-backed squad to the promised land as they downed gutsy Racal, 81-78, on Thursday at the Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig.

In all, the Red Lions’ incoming fourth-year forward fired all but two of his 25 points in the second half to go along with a total of seven rebounds to give head coach Boyet Fernandez an unbelievable seventh D-League championship.

Nothing but appreciative of the good ending, Fernandez said, “He picked up where he left off and he did a good job. He stepped up big for us.”

The two teams stood on even ground, 68-68, with 6:11 remaining until Mocon took over. He outscored all of the Tile Masters in a personal 11-6 run that mounted a 79-74 advantage in favor of Cignal.

The game was far from over at that point, however, as Jackson Corpuz and Rey Nambatac pulled Racal to 78-79 with 36 ticks to go on the clock.

The Tile Masters were unable to secure the rebounds after their defensive stops, however, and Bolick’s couple of charities sealed the deal for the Hawkeyes.

Nambatac had one last shot to force overtime, but his attempt rattled out just as the balloons and the party poppers fell down for Cignal.

Fernandez’ wards trailed by as much as 13 in the first half, but was kept in the game by Jason Perkins who wound up with 21 points. “If not for the boys, we’ll not win this one. We didn’t give up,” he said.

Bolick added 14 points, seven assists, four rebounds, and three steals to make sure Fernandez improves to an impressive 7-1 in terms of D-League championships. “I still believe in our teamwork. Credit to the boys talaga,” Fernandez said.

For Racal, it was Corpuz who topped the scoring column with 24 points.

BOX SCORES

CIGNAL 81 – Mocon 25, Perkins 21, Bolick 14, Raymundo 13, Batino 4, Villarias 2, Bringas 0, Potts 0, Arboleda 0, Oftana 0

RACAL 77 – Corpuz 24, Gabayni 18, Capacio 12, Nambatac 8, Torres 8, Salado 4, Onwubere 2, Mangahas 2, Gabawan 0, Cabrera 0, Flores 0, Terso 0

QUARTER SCORES: 15-23, 35-43, 59-60, 81-78

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