Skippers' fifth straight win completes miraculous run to playoffs
ABS-CBN Sports on Jul 27, 2017 06:58 PM
Marinerong Pilipino succeeded in its expedition to the 2017 PBA D-League Foundation Cup playoffs by trumping AMA Online Education, 125-71, on Thursday in Pasig's Ynares Arena.
It was an awe-inspiring trek for the Skippers who paddled their way from a 1-4 start before streaking to five consecutive victories to advance to the quarterfinals in only their first conference in the league.
Last Tuesday, following their fourth win in a row, head coach Koy Banal said as they headed into their must-win last assingment, "Miracles still happen."
Veteran Mark Isip proved key in turning this miracle into reality as he dropped 11 of his 15 points in the second quarter breakaway that turned a seven-point lead into a commanding 64-39 halftime advantage for Marinerong Pilipino. He also hauled down three rebounds and three assists.
Julian Sargent contributed 20 markers, 10 of which came in the third frame, to go along with seven boards, five dimes, and four steals for the Skippers which only continued to pound the Titans in the second half and erected a lead as much as 56, 121-65.
With the game already out of reach, Donald Gumaru made the most of his chances and got 18 points and three assists. Rey Publico had 13 markers and five rebounds while Renzo Subido shot 10 points, two boards, and two assists against his old team.
“This is a good win for us. Magandang pabaon sa amin going to the playoffs, but I always remind the players na ibang klase ang playoffs and it’s a good thing that we have veterans who have been there before,” Banal said.
Daniel Salonga top-scored with 14 points, three rebounds, and three assists in the final elimination game for AMA (1-9). Junjun Alas chipped in 13 markers in the defeat.
MARINERONG PILIPINO 125 - Sargent 20, Gumaru 18, Isip 15, Publico 13, Subido 10, Alabanza 8, Javelona 8, Javillonar 7, Marata 7, Iñigo 6, Lopez 5, Moralde 4, Gavieres 2, Salcedo 2.
AMA 71 - Salonga 14, Alas 13, Bonleon 12, Paras 9, Carpio 6, Macaranas 5, Celso 4, Tobias 4, Jordan 3, Calma 1, Magpantay 0, Malones 0.
QUARTER SCORES: 33-26, 64-39, 94-51, 125-71.