Dionisio rallies Coffee Lovers past Altas

ABS-CBN Sports on Feb 26, 2018 05:57 PM
Dionisio rallies Coffee Lovers past Altas
Aris Dionisio showed the way to Gamboa-St. Clare’s third win in four games

Gamboa Coffee Mix-St. Clare pulled the rug under University of Perpetual Help to escape with a 78-73 victory on Monday in the 2018 PBA D-League Aspirants’ Cup at the JCSGO Gym in Quezon City.

Aris Dionisio scattered 21 points, 11 of which coming in the fourth quarter fightback from the Coffee Lovers as they chipped away the Altas’ 12-point lead, 61-49, early in the payoff period.

He also got eight rebounds, six blocks, and four steals in the all-around performance for Gamboa-St. Clare.

Dionisio commandeered the telling 17-4 blast to grab a 66-65 lead in the final 4:54 before the rest of his teammates followed suit to steer the Coffee Lovers to their third win in four games.

“Nakapag-adjust kami sa depensa. We played our matchups at in-adjust namin yung depensa sa pick-and-roll kaya ang dami naming steals,” remarked coach Jinino Manansala, whose crew swiped the ball 13 times which turned to 27 turnover points.

Mohammed Pare also recorded a double-double with his 16 markers and 10 boards, Trevis Jackson had 11 points, five rebounds, and three assists, and Chris Bitoon got 10 markers, five boards, and six dimes.

Gamboa-St. Clare rose to sixth place with its 3-2 card while Perpetual fell to ninth at 2-3.

Rey Anthony Peralta unloaded 17 points and four rebounds for the Altas while John Rey Villanueva had 13 markers and three boards in the defeat.

BOX SCORES

GAMBOA COFFEE MIX-ST. CLARE 78 — Dionisio 21, Pare 16, Jackson 11, Bitoon 10, Ambuludto 7, Rebugio 6, Hallare 5, Acuno 2, Alcober 0, Fontanilla 0, Rubio 0.

PERPETUAL 73 — Peralta 17, Villanueva 13, Charcos 12, Aurin 11, Eze 11, Coronel 6, Pido 3, Mangalino 0, Precillas 0, Tiburcio 0.

QUARTER SCORES: 12-21, 31-41, 49-57, 78-73.

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