Oftana makes sure Metropac-San Beda moves to 2-0 in PBA D-League
ABS-CBN Sports on Feb 28, 2019 04:41 PM
The new era for San Beda is has been going good thus far
Metropac-San Beda beat Wangs Basketball, 94-70, to go up 2-0 in the Foundation Group of the 2019 PBA D-League Thursday at Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig.
Calvin Oftana starred for the Movers with 17 points and seven rebounds, as young point guard Evan Nelle did his damage with 11 points, seven assists, and six boards.
James Canlas also got 10 points, six rebounds, and four assists in the win to help Metropac-San Beda stay spotless.
Movers coach Boyet Fernandez praised his young bloods, led by Nelle and Canlas, for showing immense maturity as they continue this rebuild for the proud NCAA champions.
"Ang galing ng mga rookies ko. I'm happy with the way they're stepping up. The guys coming off the bench are proving that they are capable of playing," he said, while also giving special mention to bench guys Prince Etrata and Peter Alfaro.
Oftana orchestrated Metropac-San Beda's 13-2 run to start the fourth quarter as it grabbed an 81-59 advantage with 5:44 to go and run away with the win.
Donald Tankoua did his part with eight points and four rebounds, while AC Soberano got 11 points before going down with a strained hamstring.
Axel Inigo captained the Couriers with 21 points, four rebounds, four assists, and two steals, as Gelo Vito had 15 points and seven rebounds in the loss.
Wangs Basketball dropped to 1-1 in the standings.
Meanwhile, Batangas-EAC easily dispatched McDavid in a wire-to-wire 79-57 triumph.
The Generals went on a 12-0 start and rode the hot hands of Earvin Mendoza, who buried three triples to fire 25 points, three assists, and two rebounds and guided the Generals to their first win of the tourney.
Clark Derige contributed 16 points and four rebounds, while Allan Martin added 11 points, four dimes, and three boards in the win, giving coach Oliver Bunyi his first win at the helm.
"Maybe we're just lucky that McDavid didn't play well. But I'm happy for the guys especially those last five who made a good impact," he said.
BATANGAS-EAC 79 -- E. Mendoza 25, Derige 16, Martin 11, Maguliano 9, Cruz 4, Estacio 4, Dela Pena 2, Tampoc 2, Oppong 2, Boffa 2, De Joya 2, J. Mendoza 0, Corilla 0, Cadua 0, Taywan 0.
MCDAVID 57 -- Diputado 16, Sorela 9, Martinez 8, Lozada 7, Menor 4, Caranguian 4, Colina 4, Monte 3, Medina 2, Melano 0, Villanueva 0, Cruz 0.
QUARTER SCORES: 17-12, 36-26, 54-43, 79-57.
METROPAC-SAN BEDA 94 -- Oftana 17, Soberano 11, Nelle 11, Canlas 10, Tankoua 8, Bahio 8, Etrata 7, Cuntapay 6, Doliguez 6, Obenza 5, Alfaro 3, Tagala 2, Visser 0, Carino 0.
WANGS 70 -- Inigo 21, Vito 15, Tolentino 11, Estrella 7, Santos 6, Gerero 4, Lim 2, De Mesa 2, Lucas 2, Tongco 0, Bulawan 0, Singontiko 0, Brojan 0.
QUARTER SCORES: 21-20, 45-38, 68-57, 94-70.