Tanduay destroys Zarks in record 76-point beatdown
ABS-CBN Sports on Jul 10, 2017 06:48 PM
Tanduay showed no mercy and pulverized Zark’s Burgers, 141-65, in the 2017 PBA D-League Foundation Cup, and in the process, shattered two entries in the history books on Monday at the Ynares Arena in Pasig.
With guns ablaze, the Rhum Masters claimed the new record for most points scored at 141, erasing the 140-point windup Racal Motors had against the very same Jawbreakers crew last June 8, while also claiming the biggest winning margin at 76 points, blasting Cignal HD’s 67-point winning spread versus Gamboa Coffee last June 15.
Coach Lawrence Chongson, though, argued that his players were just at the right place at the right time as Tanduay sought to rebound from its 104-89 defeat to Flying V last Thursday.
“Nagkataon lang na nagkaroon kami ng strong start. Galing kami sa talo at ang iniisip lang namin, magkaroon ng momentum going to Thursday against Batangas,” said the outspoken mentor.
Jerwin Gaco kickstarted the pullaway early, dropping 14 of his 21 points in the opening frame as the Rhum Masters jumped to a 35-6 advantage to close the period and set the tone for the rest of the game. The veteran forward also hauled down eight rebounds and dished out three assists.
James Martinez, also a PBA D-League record-holder for most points scored, caught fire from downtown as he shot 5-of-8 from beyond the arc to wind up with 23 markers, nine assists, and two boards.
Paul Sanga chimed in 20 points and four rebounds, including the record-setting undergoal stab in the dwindling seconds of the game, while Paul Varilla had 15 markers and eight boards.
With the game seemingly looking like glorified shootaround all 14 players who checked in the game for Tanduay were able to log at least two points in the victory.
Still, Chongson refused to be blinded by the record-setting feat. “Hindi mahalaga yung record para sa amin. Balewala yan if we don’t make it to the next round. The only record na gusto namin is mag-champion,” he said.
With the 76-point blowout, the Rhum Masters forced themselves into a three-way logjam at third place with Batangas and Centro Escolar University, all three touting identical 4-2 records.
Robby Celiz top-scored for Zark’s Burgers with 13 points, three rebounds, and two assists, while Jerome Ferrer had 12 markers and four boards.
The Jawbreakers suffered their fourth straight setback and further fell down the pipeline at 1-7.
In the second game, Racal forced Gamboa Coffee into setting two records for futility with a 107-60 beatdown.
Shaking off their first half struggles, the Alibaba locked down on defense and held the Coffee Lovers to just three points in the third quarter, which is now a league record for least points scored in a period, and limited them to just 13 points for the second half, also a record for least points in a half.
That allowed Racal to overturn a 47-45 halftime deficit to a comfortable 71-50 advantage and a 47-point win.
“For now, it’s a good springboard for us. It gives us a lot of positivity and we’ll build on that,” said coach Jerry Codiñera.
Rian Ayonayon paced Racal with 26 points, seven assists, five steals, and four rebounds to help his side snap a three-game losing slide and improve to 3-3.
Mac Tallo also went perfect from the free throw line, going 10-of-10 from the charity stripe to collect 16 markers, two boards, and two dimes while Jam Cortes chimed in 11 points and seven rebounds of his own.
Mark Montuano fired 13 points and 10 rebounds and Mike Parala added 12 markers and 10 boards in the losing effort for Gamboa, which suffered its sixth straight loss to fall down to 1-6.
TANDUAY 141 - Martinez 23, Gaco 21, Sanga 20, Varilla 15, Alvarez 11, Villamor 10, Eguilos 9, Vigil 9, Terso 7, Santos 5, Sollano 5, Palma 2, Taganas 2, Tambeling 2.
ZARK’S 65 - Celiz 13, Ferrer 12, Bautista 11, De Leon 10, Cudal 6, Cariaga 5, Mangahas 5, Nalos 2, Argamino 1, Cayabyab 0, De Ocampo 0.
QUARTER SCORES: 35-6, 58-29, 95-45, 141-65.
RACAL MOTORS 107 - Ayonayon 26, Tallo 16, Cortes 11, Apreku 11, Pontejos 10, Gomez 8, Capacio 7, Grimaldo 6, Faundo 5, Lozada 5, Ortuoste 2, Mangahas 0, Dela Cruz 0, Cabrera 0.
GAMBOA COFFEE 60 - Montuano 13, Parala 12, Avenido 10, Padilla 8 Acibar 7, Arellano 4, Acuña 3, Knuttel 2, Dadjilul 1, David 0, Riva 0, Vidal 0, Jumao-as 0.
QUARTER SCORES: 24-20, 45-47, 71-50, 107-60.