D-League: Blustar d. Topstar, 98-93

2016 Foundation Cup     PASIG CITY – Blustar Detergent survived a late rally by Topstar ZC Mindanao to snap their five-game losing skid, 98-93, in a meeting of the bottom two teams at the 2016 PBA D-League Foundation Cup at the Ynares Sports Arena Tuesday evening (July 26).  This marks the Dragons’ second victory in the tournament while the Aguilas remained winless at the cellar in 10 starts.

Juami Tiongson proved to be steady in the clutch as he made a pair of pressure-packed three throws off Al-Raouf Julkipli with nine seconds to play and make it a two-possession game, 97-94.  The Aguilas then threw the ball away with Wong Yi Hou settling the final count with a free throw with two seconds remaining.

Trailing entering the fourth period, 65-76, the Aguilas went on a scoring tear anchored on Choi Ignacio as they seized the lead, 81-80, and 6:54 to play.  Timely shots by Kuek Tian Yuan and Ivan Yeo restored the advantage to Blustar and Tiongson nailed a key triple for a commanding 92-84 cushion entering the final two minutes.

Ignacio continued his scoring spree as he teamed up with JR Cawaling to threaten for the last time, 93-95, and 53 seconds left on the clock.  The Dragons defeated the Aguilas, 89-75, last June 23 in Bacoor City.

Tiongson was on fire all game as he ended up with 32 points.  Kuek followed with 21 and Yeo chipped in 14 in their penultimate game before returning to Malaysia.

Ignacio led the hard luck Aguilas with 22 points, all coming in the second half.  Gino Jumao-as added 19 markers while Dexter Garcia had 16.

How They Scored:

BLUSTAR DETERGENT (98) – Tiongson 32, Kuek 21, Wong 14, Yeo 8, Choo 7, Ma 6, Ong 4, Ting 4, Gan 2, Palma 0.

TOPSTAR ZC MINDANAO (93) – Ignacio 22, Jumao-as 19, Garcia 16, Cawaling 14, Onde 9, Julkipli 6, Rivera 5, Argamino 2, Ongteco 0, Lacastesantos 0, Tano 0.

Period Scores: 23-18, 44-38, 76-65, 98-93.

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D-League: Racal d. Phoenix, 90-88

2016 Foundation Cup     PASIG CITY – Philip Paniamogan blasted a triple with three seconds left to give Racal Tiles the heart-stopping 90-88 triumph over Phoenix Petroleum and wrest the solo leadership of the 2016 PBA D-League Foundation Cup at the Ynares Sports Arena Tuesday (July 26). The Tile Masters now tote an 8-2 win-loss card and became the first team to be formally assured of a berth in the semifinal round.

Paniamogan’s trey capped a solid final period as he joined Dexter Maiquez, Billy Ray Robles and Joseph Terso in climbing from an eight-point deficit with five minutes to play, 73-81.  Terso hit a triple to give Racal the upper hand with 1:02 remaining, 87-85, but this was neutralized by another triple from Ed Daquioag with 11 ticks remaining, 88-87, before Paniamogan saved the day.

Maiquez scored seven of his team-high 15 points in the fourth period followed by Robles with 14.  Paniamogan ended up with 13 points, eight coming in the final canto.

The Tile Masters survived big performances from Roger Pogoy who made 22 points plus 10 rebounds and Mac Belo who added 20 after skipping their last game.  However, the high-scoring pair accounted for only six markers combined in the fourth period with Daquioag and Mike Tolomia keeping the Accelerators afloat.

How They Scored:

RACAL TILES (90) – Maiquez 19, Robles 14, Paniamogan 13, Terso 9, Grey 7, Ortuoste 7, Gabawan 6, Corpuz 4, Javier 4, Banal 3, Neypes 0, Celiz 2.

PHOENIX PETROLEUM (88) – Pogoy 22, Belo 20, Tolomia 18, Daquioag 10, Mendoza 9, Tamsi 4, Escoto 3, Colina 2, Andrada 0, Inigo 0, Batino 0, Knuttel 0, Jamito 0.

Period Scores: 26-26, 44-43, 65-65, 90-88.

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D-League: Tanduay d. CafeFrance, 75-74

2016 Foundation Cup     PASIG CITY – Acquiring Kevin Ferrer proved to be a masterstroke for Coach Lawrence Chongson as Tanduay Rhum mastered defending champion CafeFrance-CEU, 75-74, in a crucial matchup at the 2016 PBA D-League Foundation Cup Monday night (July 25) at the Ynares Sports Arena.  In his tournament debut, Ferrer hit the go-ahead triple with 33 seconds left and Reden Celda preserved the win by capping his game-long brilliance with a defensive gem in the waning seconds.

Celda scattered nine markers in a 13-2 run as he pushed the Rhum Masters took a commanding 72-63 lead with three minutes to go.  Suddenly, their lead evaporated as Carl Bryan Cruz hit back-to-back triples to ignite a 14-0 response with Cruz restoring the upper hand to the Bakers with 49 ticks on the clock, 74-72, setting the stage for Ferrer’s heroics.

CafeFrance had a chance for redemption but Rudy Lingganay cleanly intercepted the inbound pass only to mishandle ball and return possession to the Bakers.  Given another lease on life, the ball found its way to an open JK Casino underneath the basket only to see his attempt swatted away by Celda towards their backcourt as time expired.

“It was miscommunication on our part, that’s why we lost our lead,” said Coach Chongson. “When you play a team like CafeFrance, you must bring your A-game and a lot of luck and we were very lucky today.”

Celda finished with a total of 17 points on top of four assists and one all-important block.  Ferrer added nine points and five rebounds with Lingganay and Jovet Mendoza also chipped in nine markers as well.

“We brought in Kevin not just to beat CafeFrance but he is here for the whole nine yards,” added Coach Chongson.  “Now that we have him, teams are looking at and targeting us.”

Alvin Abundo paced the Bakers with 18 points, six rebounds and four assists followed by Ebondo with 13 points and 13 rebounds.  Tanduay thus proved that its 84-80 triumph last June 16 was no fluke.

CafeFrance’s loss resulted in a three-way tie at the top of the leader board with Racal Tiles and Phoenix Petroleum at 7-2. Lurking half-a-game behind are the Rhum Masters at 7-3 with two more games left against Racal (July 28) AMA Online Education (August 4).

Tanduay also put pressure on the chasing AMA (3-5).  As it stands now, the Titans have no recourse but to sweep their last four, including beating the Rhum Masters by seven or more points, to claim a semifinal berth.

How They Scored:

TANDUAY RHUM (75) – Celda 17, Ferrer 9, Mendoza 9, Lingganay 9, Acuna 8 Alolino 7, Javillonar 7, Santos 5, Eguilos 2, Tagarda 2, Gotladera 0, Belencion 0, Javelona 0, Stevens 0.

CAFEFRANCE-CEU (74) – Abundo 18 Ebondo 13, Cruz 10, Opiso 8, Parala 8, Zamar 7, Jeruta 4, Casino 3, Custodio 2, Arim 1, Manlangit 0.

Period Scores: 15-18, 32-38, 52-52, 75-74.

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D-League: AMA d. Blustar, 113-84

2016 Foundation Cup     PASIG CITY – An inspired AMA Online Education clobbered anew Blustar Detergent, 113-84, and continued its quest for a semifinal seat at the 2016 PBA D-League Foundation Cup at the Ynares Sports Arena Monday (July 25).  The Titans of Coach Mark Herrera made it back-to-back wins and face the tough task of sweeping their remaining four assignments.

The Dragons were only in the thick of the fight in the first period, with Jaycee Asuncion converting at the buzzer to give the Titans the lead for good, 20-19.  That was the cue for Rashawn McCarthy to lead AMA’s breakaway with help from James Martinez, Ryan Arambulo and Jerome Ortega to pad their halftime lead, 54-41.

The Titans were never threatened from there.  Coach Herrera fielded his role players early and they conspired with Martinez in erecting the biggest lead of the contest, 109-79.

“This is a memorable game for us because we now have a win streak,” said Coach Herrera.  “This further improves our chances for the semis and the important thing this is that we control our fate.”

Martinez canned five triples en route to 32 points, two short of the tournament record set by Blustar’s Juami Tiongson last June 16 in a 94-97 loss to Phoenix Petroleum.  McCarthy did not score in the fourth period but he still knocked in 24 points on top of seven rebounds and five assists.

Also contributing big numbers were Arambulo with 16 points.  Jay-R Taganas got the better of the taller Blustar frontline by amassing 12 points and 16 rebounds.

Ting Chung Hong matched Martinez with five triples to lead the Dragons with21 points.  Tiongson followed with 15 points while Kuek Tian Yuen had a double-double of 14 points and 20 rebounds.

The Dragons succumbed to their fifth straight setback for a 1-9 record.  However, the slump could end when they face winless Topstar ZC Mindanao for their penultimate game on Tuesday (July 26) at Ynares, the only team they defeated last June 23 in Bacoor City, 89-75.

How They Scored:

AMA ONLINE EDUCATION (113) – Martinez 32, McCarthy 24, Arambulo 16, Taganas 12, Jo Montemayor 10, Jordan 8, Ortega 5, Carpio 3, Asuncion 2, Belleza 1, Je Montemayor 0, Macaranas 0.

BLUSTAR DETERGENT (84) – Ting 21, Tiongson 15, Kuek 14 Ma 9, Liaw 8, Teo 6, Wong 3, Choo 2, Palma 2, Mak 2, Yep 2, Ong 0, Gan 0, Yim 0.

Period Scores: 20-19, 54-40, 81-63, 113-84,

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NCAA: San Beda d. Arellano, 101-86

NCAA Season 92     SAN JUAN City – In a possible preview of this season’s championship, San Beda College got the better of Arellano University, 101-86, at the 92nd National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) eliminations at the San Juan Arena Friday night (July 22). The Red Lions had to battle from a 22-point deficit early in the second period, 14-36, to hack out their sixth win in as many starts.

Rookie Davon Potts scored seven points in a crucial 10-0 run that gave San Beda a steady 83-75 lead with six minutes to play.  Suddenly, the once hot shooting of the Chiefs sputtered as they missed badly from the field and the free throw line thus allowing Potts and Donald Tankoua to find the hoop for easy scores and punctuated by an Arnaud Noah breakaway slam dunk in the waning seconds.

The Chiefs jumped the gun on the Red Lions by racing to a 17-2 lead.  San Beda settled down but still trailed after the first 10 minutes, 10-19.

The second half was a totally different story as San Beda exploded for 64 points after scoring only 27 in the first half.  “I told my teammates disregard the halftime score and just trust each other,” said Potts as a fired up San Beda returned for the second half.

On the other hand, Arellano’s once hot shooting sputtered from both the field and the line.  The usually prolific pair of Jiovani Jalalon and Kent Salado could only muster three points each as the rest of the squad struggled as well en route to falling to 3-2.

The patient Red Lions had their first taste of the upper hand on a Ranbill Tongco triple with two minutes left in the third period, 66-65.  The Chiefs recovered before Noah knotted the count with a tip in at the buzzer, 72-72.

Potts set a new personal high of 31 points via 12 out of 18 shooting on top of four rebounds.  Tankoua was a force underneath with 28 points, 14 rebounds and two blocks.

Jalalon ended up with 25 points, four rebounds, four assists and three steals.  Salado had 16 points, five rebounds and three assists.

How They Scored:

SAN BEDA (101) – Potts 31, Tankoua 28, Tongco 12, Noah 8, Soberano 6, Presbitero 6, Bolick 5, Sara 3, Oftana 1, Mocon 1, Carlos 0, Navarro 0, Alas 0.

ARELLANO (86) – Jalalon 25, Salado 16, Enriquez 12, Flores 10, Meca 7, Cadavis 6, Holts 4, Aguilar 3, Gumaru 3, Nicholls 0, Canete 0, Villoria 0.

Period Scores: 10-19, 37-47, 72-72, 101-86.

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NCAA: Mapua Tech d. San Sebastian, 88-75

NCAA Season 92    SAN JUAN City – Mapua Institute of Technology routed San Sebastian College, 88-75, to stay in second spot at the 92nd National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Friday (July 22) at the San Juan Arena.  Guards Exeqiel Biteng and Darell Menina delivered the hits and Allwell Oraeme awoke in the fourth period for the Cardinals’ fifth win in six games.

Limited to only five points in the first three periods, Oraeme went to work in the final period by scattering eight points as he broke free from the Stags’ physical defense while grabbing 22 rebounds.  His final field goal with six minutes left gave Mapua an unassailable 78-61 advantage.

“We really needed this win to give us momentum into our next game against San Beda,” said Coach Atoy Co.  “I told Allwell not to mind the defense, they were giving him cheap shots and he was losing his cool.”

Biteng led all scorers with 14 of his 19 points in the second period to go with four assists to allow the Cardinals to run away from a 20-20 deadlock for a 51-42 halftime lead.  Menina followed with 15 while Andrew Estrella added 14.

Justine Mercado paced the Stags with 18 points and 11 rebounds.  Arkie Ilagan was the only other teammate in twin digits with 17 markers all made in the first half as the Stags fell to 1-4.

How They Scored:

MAPUA TECH (88) – Biteng 19, Menina 15, Estrella 14, Oraeme 13, Eriobu 12, Isit 7, Serrano 6, Orquina 2, Aguirre 0, Bunag 0, Victoria 0.

SAN SEBASTIAN (75) – Mercado 18, Ilagan 17, Calisaan 9, Quipse 7, Capobres 6, Valdez 6, Johnson 5, Fabian 5, Bulanadi 2, Calma 0, David 0, Baetiong 0.

Period Scores: 20-20, 51-42, 64-53, 88-75.

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NCAA: Perpetual Help d. Letran, 61-55

NCAA Season 92    SAN JUAN City – University of Perpetual Help System-Dalta’s roller coaster campaign in the 92nd National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) received a major boost after the Altas downed defending champion Colegio de San Juan de Letran, 61-55, in continuing action Friday (July 22) at the San Juan Arena. Guard AJ Coronel struck heavily in the fourth period as the Altas broke away from the tight defensive contest.

Coronel started with a three-point play off Rey Nambatac with 1:18 to go and Letran playing with only four men as JP Calvo lay in pain in the backcourt. 59-53. After Bright Akhuetie was whistled for goaltending Bong Quinto’s shot, Coronel then scooted down for an easy transition layup off a Jomari Sollano miss to set the final count with still 28 ticks on the clock.

“We focused on our defense especially after we saw Nambatac score 40 points in their last game,” said Coach Jimwel Gican.  “This game is a good sign that we can return to the Final Four after missing it last year.”

Akhuetie was his usual unstoppable self with 21 points, 16 rebounds and three blocks.  Gab Dagangon added 14 and Coronel finished with 12 as the Altas improved to 3-2.

“I want to show that I can still play after injuring my knee,” said Coronel.  For his part, Akhuetie felt challenged after Coach Gican benched him in the final period in their last game against San Beda College.

Nambatac led the Knights with 19 points, eight rebounds and three steals.  Calvo supported him with 12 points as they kissed their four-game winning run goodbye.

How They Scored:

PERPETUAL HELP (61) – Akhuetie 21, Dagangon 14, Coronel 13, Pido 7, Dizon 2, Eze 2, Singontiko 2, Hao 0, Oliveria 0, Sadiwa 0, Yuhico 0.

LETRAN (55) – Nambatac 19, Calvo 12, Apreku 6, Sollano 6, Quinto 6, Pambid 4, de la Pena 2, Ular 0, Balanza 0, Luib 0, Bernabe 0, Balagasay 0, Ambohot 0, Sario 0.

Period Scores: 6-9, 27-26, 46-44, 61-55.

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