QUEZON CITY – Bread Story-Lyceum and AMA University broke away from the big logjam at the bottom of the standings by tallying their second wins at the resumption of the 2014-2015 PBA D-League Aspirants Cup at the JCSGO Gym Monday (November 24). Entering the day, six teams were tied with similar 1-3 win-loss cards.
Bread Story took advantage of an undermanned MJM M-Builders squad, 108-97. Earlier in the day, the AMA Titans held steady in crunch time to derail Racal Motors Alibaba, 83-76.
Nursing a shaky 46-43 lead at the halftime break, Bread Story leaned on the offensive explosion of frontline stalwarts Jackson Corpuz, Joseph Gabayni, Jebb Bulawan and Aziz Mbomiko to turn the game wide open entering the final canto, 77-66. Mac Belo tried his best to fight back from as much as 16 points down, 59-65, with Raymar Jose threatening for the last time entering the final two minutes, 89-95.
Back-to-back field goals by Corpuz and Jiovani Jalalon gave the Giants breathing room and restored the twin-digit lead, 99-89. Timely free throws from Louie Vigil and Jalalon sealed the deal, with Corpuz putting the exclamation point with a slam dunk at the buzzer.
Corpuz paced the Giants with 18 points and six rebounds. Jalalon and Ed Daquioag supported him with 16 each while Gabayni had a double-double with 15 points and 13 rebounds.
Belo scattered 30 points, including 14 in the fourth period, on top of 10 rebounds. Cody Tesoro was next with 18 points, 10 scored in the first period which the Builders took, 26-24.
The Builders started the game with only nine players and missed the services of Mike Tolomia, Roger Pogoy and head coach Nash Racela as they attended to their varsity duties with Far Eastern University with reinforcements Glenn Khobuntin and Tristan Perez arriving for the second half. Assistant coach Eric Gonzales took over for the day.
“I want to teach my players how to close out games,” said winning coach Bonnie Tan, who already announced that he will not return as Lyceum’s varsity coach next season. “Hopefully, this will serve them well before the new coach takes over.”
In the day’s opener, the Titans squandered a 22-point lead in the third period, 57-35, but Racal Motors staged a furious rally that saw Jeff Alvin Viernes cut the deficit to only three points, 65-68, and 5:30 to play in the game. That was the cue for Philip Paniamogan to sink a pair of triples to restore order for the Titans, 74-66.
Refusing to quit, Jamil Ortuoste and Jayson Ibay made a free throw each and Viernes scored a basket to threaten, 72-76. However, Paniamogan was there again to save the day with another crippling triple, 79-72, and the Titans hung on to the hard-earned victory.
Paniamogan came off the bench and finished with five triples for 22 points, 11 each in the third and fourth period. Jay-R Taganas had another monster performance with 21 points, 20 rebounds and two steals.
Ortuoste topped Racal’s scoring charge with 21 points on three triples. Viernes added 15 points on top of seven rebounds and four assists.
AMA and Bread Story improved to 2-3. Racal and MJM fell to 1-4.
Meanwhile, the Jumbo Plastic Linoleum Giants of Coach Stevenson Tiu moved to half-a-game behind idle undefeated co-leaders CaféFrance and Cagayan Valley by annihilating the listless MP Hotel Warriors, 94-57. The Giants led from the opening tip as Kris Rosales unloaded six points to set the stage for a 15-6 Jumbo Plastic lead after one period.
Marion Magat and Dennice Villamor topped the Giants with 18 and 13 points respectively to improve to 4-1. Wowie Escosio was the top man for the Warriors with 11 followed by JR Sumido with 10.
How They Scored:
AMA COMPUTER (83) – Paniamogan 22, Taganas 21, Cubillo 12, Erioubu 10, Camasura 8, Balucanag 8, Casajeros 2, Purdy 0, Sabangan 0, Torres 0.
RACAL MOTORS (76) – Ortuoste 21, Viernes 15, Jamito 12, Ibay 9, Reyes 7, Saitanan 6, Gil 3, Gabawan 2, DiGregorio 1, Mercader 0, Canta 0, Ruaya 0, Publico 0.
Period Scores: 21-14, 36-31, 62-51, 83-76.
JUMBO PLASTIC (94) – Magat 18, Villamor 13, Cruz 11, Maiquez 9, Rosales 8, King 8, Javier 8, Rios 6, Colina 6, Eguilos 5, Terso 2, Petilos 0.
MP HOTEL (57) – Escosio 11, Sumido 10, McCarthy 9, Calo 9, Pacquiao 8, Collado 3, Bulac 2, Morillo 2, Yusop 2, Masaglang 1, Yaya 0, Hainga 0, Belorio 0.
Period Scores: 15-6, 45-16, 71-36, 94-57.
BREAD STORY (108) – Corpuz 18, Daquioag 16, Jalalon 16, Gabayni 15, Mbomiko 11, Vigil 11, Gamboa 6, Taladua 6, Bulawan 6, Baltazar 3, Lao 0, Elmejrab 0, Lasa 0.
MJM M-BUILDERS (97) – Belo 30, Tesoro 18, Khobuntin 11, Jose 10, Dennison 10, Mendoza 6, Perez 6, Cruz 4, Inigo 2, Alberto 0, Pineda 0.
Period Scores: 24-26, 46-43, 77-66, 108-97.