Tanduay Light Ends Slump; Cagayan Valley 5-0

2014-2015 Aspirants Cup

PASIG CITY – Tanduay Light Rhum Masters ended its four-game losing slumping by edging out a game Wang’s Basketball in overtime, 77-74, in continuing action from the 2014-2015 PBA D-League Aspirants Cup Thursday (December 4) at the Ynares Sports Arena. Coach Lawrence Chongson returned to active duty as his Rhum Masters improved to 2-4 and move to within striking distance of the upper half of the standings.

Roi Sumang owned the overtime by scoring Tanduay Light’s last eight points, beginning with two free throws that tied the game for the last time at 71-71 and 1:51 to go. Wang’s then committed a 24-second violation and Sumang responded with a killer three-point play to put the Rhum Masters on top for good with 30 ticks on the clock, 74-71.

Playing it safe, Jovet Mendoza drove strong to the hoop to close in by a point, 73-74. The ploy nearly worked as Sumang could only make one free throw to stretch their lead to two, 75-73, but Paolo Pontejos turned the ball over leading to two more Sumang gift shots to ice the contest.

Wang’s fought back gallantly to erase their twin-digit deficit in the fourth period behind Rocky Acidre and new recruit Jeff Morillo, who scored a key basket but failed to convert the bonus free throw to still trail with 41 seconds remaining, 64-65. After Tanduay Light failed to convert, Mark Montuano was quickly fouled at the five-second mark but could only split his free throws and tie the score, 65-65, to set the stage for the extra five minutes.

“We still need to toughen the team’s character, just look at what happened in the fourth when Wang’s came back,” said Coach Chongson who went to Las Vegas to participate in a tournament with former PBA players during the Thanksgiving weekend. Tanduay Light’s only other victory came during their tournament debut against MJM M-Builders, 78-77, last November 3.

Sumang and Gab Banal paced the Rhum Masters with 20 markers each. Banal started the ball rolling with a team-high 14 in the first half but Sumang put the final stamp by delivering six in the fourth and eight in the overtime.

Newly-activated JM Ferrer topped Wang’s with 15 points. Macky Acosta was next with 13 points and seven rebounds as Wang’s dropped to 2-3 and solo Seventh Place.

In other games, the Cagayan Valley Rising Suns displayed uncanny offensive might to dismantle the MP Hotel Warriors, 120-77, to tie idle Hapee Fresh Fighters for the best record at a pristine 5-0. Jumbo Plastic Linoleum Giants also returned to the winning track by flooring the AMA University Titans, 82-59.

The General Santos City-based Warriors showed up with four new players but the revamped roster hardly made any impact as Eric Salamat scattered 10 points and Jason Melano added six to push the Rising Suns on top after one period, 32-21. It was all-Cagayan Valley from thereon as they rained a total of 14 triples, at one point leading by as high as 43 points, 111-68, midway through the final canto which they maintained until the final buzzer.

Don Trollano presided over the rout with 24 points followed by Abel Galliguez with 16 on four triples. Seven other Rising Suns scored six points or more.

New recruit Moncrief Rogado of the University of Cebu led the Warriors with 22 points followed by Wowie Escosio with 15 points and six rebounds. Aside from Rogado, also debuting for the Warriors were Jopet Quiro of Rizal Technological University, Jan Jamon of Emilio Aguinaldo College and Christian Palma of Arellano University.

Jumbo Plastic erected a big 42-18 lead at the start of the third period. However, Joseph Eriobu and James Martinez combined in a 17-6 to begin the fourth period that put AMA to their closest with six minutes to play, 61-71.

Coach Stevenson Tiu settled down his men and they responded with eight unanswered points to spark a 21-8 windup behind Dexter Maiquez, Jeymo Eguilos and Joseph Terso. The Giants upped their record to 5-2 while AMA snapped its two-game winning run and fell to 3-4.

Maiquez was the high man for the Giants with 17 points, 10 rebounds and three steals. Eguilos backed him up with 16 points and six rebounds.

Eriobu paced the Titans with 18 while Martinez chipped in 15. AMA’s campaign hit a snag as top gunner Philip Paniamogan took a leave to focus on his final semester at Jose Rizal University.

How They Scored:

First Game

CAGAYAN VALLEY (120) – Trollano 24, Galliguez 16, Dilay 12, Flores 12, Tautuaa 11, Salamat 10, Melano 10, Capacio 7, Celada 6, Mag-isa 5, Austria 3, Olayon 2, Tayongtong 2.

MP HOTEL (77) – Rogado 22, Escosio 15, Blanco 8, Bulac 6, Yaya 5, Pacquiao 5, Allen 4, Quiro 4, Jamon 3, Calo 3, Collado 2, Palma 0.

Period Scores: 32-21, 65-39, 92-57, 120-77.

Second Game

JUMBO PLASTIC (82) – Maiquez 17, Eguilos 16, Terso 13, Cruz 9, Javier 6, Magat 5, Rosales 4, King 4, Rios 4, Petilos 3, Villamor 1.

AMA COMPUTER (59) – Eriobu 18, Martinez 15, Camasura 8, Olivarez 7, Taganas 6, Balucanag 2, Sabangan 2, Cubillo 1, Santiago 0, Calma 0, Jordan 0, Diswe 0, Angeles 0.

Period Scores: 16-4, 40-18, 55-34, 82-59.

Third Game

TANDUAY LIGHT (77) – Sumang 20, Banal 20, Escueta 15, Foronda 6, Mandani 5, Ilagan 4, Belencion 4, de Vera 2, Tagarda 1, Abrigo 0, Ignacio 0, Cenal 0, Rono 0.

WANG’S BASKETBALL (74) – Ferrer 15, Acosta 13, Morillo 11, Mendoza 9, Acidre 7, Montuano 7, Pontejos 4, Rosopa 3, Vijandre 3, Arambulo 1, Acuna 0, Montemayor 0, Lina 0.

Period Scores: 26-19, 39-30, 54-48, 65-65 (reg.), 77-73 (OT).

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About Anthony E. Servinio

A long-time television sportscaster, magazine writer, photographer and college professor from the Philippines finally gives blogging a try after more than a decade of on-line presence. Read on folks!
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