Red-hot CEU sends Marinerong Pilipino to second straight loss
ABS-CBN Sports on Jan 29, 2018 05:29 PM
Rod Ebondo found no match yet again as CEU started its campaign with a big bang
Congolese big man Rod Ebondo fired 31 points and nine rebounds as he pulled Centro Escolar University to a 104-93 opener over Marinerong Pilipino in the 2018 PBA D-League Aspirants’ Cup on Monday at the Ynares Arena in Pasig.
But the victory wasn’t all Ebondo as the Scorpions’ snipers found their range and went 12-of-30 from downtown.
Judel Fuentes accounted for three of those triples as he shot 3-of-8 from beyond the arc to wind up with 20 markers.
His last five coming in the last 1:22 helped CEU deny a late rally from the Skippers as the Mendiola-based squad started its campaign on top.
Joseph Manlangit also chipped in 19 points, eight in the fourth quarter, alongside seven rebounds while Orlan Wamar shot 11 markers, four rebounds, and three dimes.
The Scorpions established early control of the game and took a 19-point advantage, 62-43.
Marinerong Pilipino crawled back and even tied the game at 75 after an Achie Iñigo layup, but CEU used an 8-0 finishing kick in the frame to retake an 83-75 lead and go on cruise control from that point on.
“We had a good first half, but in the third quarter, nag-relax kami. I’m just glad na sinunod namin yung gameplan at naka-recover kami,” said CEU coach Yong Garcia.
Rian Ayonayon saw his 24 points, eight rebounds, and two assists performance go down the drain as Marinerong Pilipino incurred its second straight defeat.
Renzo Subido and Billy Robles both had 17 in the loss.
CEU 104 — Ebondo 31, Fuentes 20, Manlangit 19, Wamar 11, Arim 9, Guinitaran 8, Cruz 4, Aquino 2, Caballero 0, Intic 0, Saber 0, Veron 0.
MARINERONG PILIPINO 93 — Ayonayon 24, Subido 17, Robles 17, Toth 10, Tratter 6, Iñigo 6, Paredes 6, Banal 5, Pasaol 2, Babilonia 0, Lopez 0, Terso 0.
QUARTER SCORES: 20-21, 55-41, 83-75, 104-93.