Santillan-fueled Marinero boosts bid for PBA D-League playoffs

ABS-CBN Sports on May 14, 2019 05:51 PM
Santillan-fueled Marinero boosts bid for D-League playoffs
Santi Santillan’s powerful double-double kept Marinerong Pilipino alive and kicking in the 2019 PBA D-League

Marinerong Pilipino kept itself in contention for the fourth playoff spot in the Foundation Group with a 90-76 drubbing of Perpetual Tuesday in the 2019 PBA D-League at Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig.

Santi Santillan scattered 21 points and 17 rebounds as he willed the Skippers back from an early 20-32 deficit and grab a 50-36 halftime lead.

Gab Banal anchored Marinerong Pilipino's attack with 27 points, 12 boards, and six assists, while Art Aquino added 13 points and five rebounds.

It was a big win for the Skippers, rising to 5-4 in the team standings as they now bank on CEU topplomg FEU in their duel next week to claim the seat.

Diliman College-Gerry's Grill also got eliminated following the Marinerong Pilipino win as the Blue Dragons hold an inferior quotient in the event of a triple-tie between them, the Skippers, and the Tamaraws.

Still, coach Yong Garcia is happy that his side was able to get their act late despite being in no control of their fortunes.

"Masaya kami, especially sa huling dalawang laro namin. Like yung sinasabi ng management, maipanalo lang namin yung natitira naming mga laro, at masaya naman ako na nakuha namin," he said.

Edgar Charcos scored 19 points, five assists, four rebounds, and two steals in the losing cause for Perpetual (2-6).

In the day’s other game, Centro Escolar University moved a win away from securing the top seed in the Foundation Group of the 2019 PBA D-League with a 44-point decimation of Wangs Basketball, 116-72.

Tyron Chan ignited the massacre, dropping 23 of his 32 points in the first half, before scattering 10 rebounds, five assists, and four steals as the Scorpions went on a 38-17 start.

Senegalese big man Maodo Malick Diouf followed suit with his monster statline of 20 points, 16 rebounds, eight assists, and five rejections.

BOX SCORES

FIRST GAME

MARINERONG PILIPINO 90 -- Banal 27, Santillan 21, A. Aquino 13, Asistio 9, Mendoza 7, Clarito 4, Ayonayon 3, Montalbo 2, M. Aquino 2, Rodriguez 2, Wamar 0, Victoria 0.

PERPETUAL 76 -- Charcos 19, Razon 15, Peralta 13, Adamos 11, Egan 6, Guissani 5, Pasia 3, Cuevas 2, Lanoy 2, Martel 0, Aurin 0, Tamayo 0, Sese 0.

QUARTER SCORES: 20-30, 50-36, 73-58, 90-76.

SECOND GAME

CEU 116 -- Chan 32, Diouf 20, Fuentes 16, Formento 12, Uri 11, Rojas 10, Diaz 6, Lisbo 5, Pamaran 2, Abastillas 2, Ke. Caballero 0.

WANGS 72 -- Singontiko 12, De Mesa 12, Pallatao 12, Tambeling 8, Wong 8, Gerero 8, Lim 5, Ilac 3, Brojan 2, Alano 2, Mocon 0, Evangelista 0.

QUARTER SCORES: 38-17, 55-29, 82-54, 116-72.

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