With fifth win in a row, Tanduay going full steam ahead into q'finals
ABS-CBN Sports on Jul 27, 2017 07:19 PM
Already assured of the third-seed in the 2017 PBA D-League Foundation Cup, Tanduay sustained its hot streak and rolled Racal Motors over, 81-72, on Thursday at the Ynares Arena in Pasig.
The Rhum Masters claimed their fifth straight win to hike their record to 8-2 and continued gaining much-needed momentum going into the quarterfinals.
But for coach Lawrence Chongson, he’s just happy that the team was able to come out on top with team owner Bong Tan in attendance.
“Every time he watches, we lose, so we just wanted to break that para makatikim naman siya ng panalo at para rin nakangiti kami na umuwi. Momentum-builder na rin sa amin papasok sa playoffs,” he said.
Von Tambeling anchored the all-out assault for Tanduay with 13 points, three rebounds, and two assists while James Martinez had 12 markers and three dimes.
Emil Palma chimed eight of his 11 points in the fourth quarter where the Rhum Masters, once and for all, denied Racal the upset after the latter got to as close as four, 70-74, with four minutes remaining.
Allan Mangahas topped Racal (3-6) with 14 points as it fell to its sixth loss in seven games.
Meanwhile, Batangas is also through to the next stage after a gutsy 95-88 victory versus Gamboa Coffee Mix.
Cedric de Joya showed that height isn’t really might as he uncorked 31 points and eight assists in the win. Eleven of his scoring output came in the last four minutes as the Batangueños crawled back from a 75-81 deficit.
“Masaya na ako dito, pero we have to continue playing the right way,” coach Eric Gonzales said after accomplishing his goal of leading Batangas to the playoffs in its second conference in the league.
Cedric Ablaza unfurled 17 markers, seven rebounds, and three dimes; Jhaps Bautista went 3-of-8 from threes to finish with 15 points, four boards, and two assists; and John Ragasa got 11 for Gonzales' crew.
It definitely didn't come easy, however, as Batangas had to deal with a motivated Gamboa side which showed tons of fight in its last elimination game.
Jett Vidal drained two triples to put the Coffee Lovers up by six with 4:02 remaining before De Joya triggered the late-game rescue for the Batangueños.
Playing-coach Leo Avenido anchored the Coffee Lovers with 22 points, four rebounds, and three assists, while Vidal shot 14. They exit the tourney on a nine-game losing skid following a win in their opener.
TANDUAY 81 - Tambeling 13, Martinez 12, Palma 11, Varilla 10, Gaco 9, Sollano 7, Eguilos 4, Taganas 4, Vigil 4, Terso 3, Alvarez 2, Santos 2, Villamor 0.
RACAL MOTORS 72 - Mangahas 14, Tallo 10, Cabrera 9, Pontejos 9, Lozada 8, Capacio 6, Faundo 4, Gomez 3, Ortuoste 3, Cortes 2, Grimaldo 2, Octubre 2, Apreku 0, Ayonayon 0.
QUARTER SCORES: 21-16, 49-44, 68-60, 81-72.
BATANGAS 95 - De Joya 31, Ablaza 17, Bautista 15, Ragasa 11, Laude 7, Dela Peña 4, Zamora 4, Anderson 2, Isit 2, Mendoza 2, Mag-isa 0, Napoles 0, Saitanan 0.
GAMBOA COFFEE 88 - Avenido 22, Vidal 14, Jumao-as 12, Montuano 12, Parala 12, Acibar 6, Padilla 6, Arellano 2, Sarangay 2, Riva 0.
QUARTER SCORES: 23-22, 39-43, 68-64, 95-88.