PASIG CITY – The KeraMix Mixers and Cebuana Lhuillier Gems continued their good starts to the 2015 PBA D-League Foundation Cup by easily roaring to their second wins in as many games and a share of the league leadership Thursday (March 19) at the Ynares Sports Arena. The day’s action also saw a gender barrier broken and a 39-year old record equaled.
The Mixers handed newcomer LiverMarin its second straight loss, 89-71, a fitting gift to their head coach Carlos Garcia who celebrated his birthday. Prior to that, the Gems were merciless in their 118-78 devastation of the winless MP Hotel Warriors.
From the game’s final deadlock at 6-6, the Mixers went on a 10-0 run behind Keith Agovida and Jiovani Jalalon to grab the lead for good. The Guardians made a few counterattacks to threaten, 13-16, Agovida and Jalalon quickly answered by leading a 12-0 burst to end the first period, 28-13.
Jalalon though would leave the game for good after a hard fall just before the halftime break. While he managed to walk on his own power, Coach Carlos Garcia opted to preserve his prized recruit as the Mixers began to pull away.
Guards Jeff Alvin Viernes, Luigi Sinco and Marte Gil made up for Jalalon’s absence by bombing away from long range. Sinco managed to give the Mixers their biggest lead via a triple to open the fourth period, 72-50.
“We had a good start today,” said Coach Garcia. “The players are now accepting and following the system and I thank our guards for finishing the job.”
Sinco and Viernes paced KeraMix with 12 points each. Despite playing only nine minutes, Jalalon had nine points, the same output produced by Agovida.
Jamil Ortuoste, who played for the Mixers in the last Aspirants Cup when the team was known as Racal Motors, topped the Guardians with 18 points, five rebounds and two steals. Jovit de la Cruz followed with 14 points and seven rebounds.
The Mixers-Guardians tussle marked the historic debut of Jane Umana as the first female to officiate a PBA D-League game. Umana is one of several female members of the referees pool.
The Gems’ starting unit proved too much as they outscored the Warriors to easily take the first period, 30-13. It was all-Cebuana hence as they were never challenged.
Jackson Corpuz led the way for the Gems with 26 points, nine rebounds and four steals. Norbert Torres and Almond Vosotros backed him up with 15 markers each.
Jopher Custodio topped the Warriors with 17 points but was held scoreless in the fourth period. Jan Colina and Rey Nambatac supported him with 12 points each.
In the first game, the debuting Cagayan Valley Rising Suns warded off the late challenge of the AMA University, 75-70. The Suns nearly squandered their 13-point lead in the fourth canto, 64-51, as Titan Marcy Arellano found his range and star in a 17-8 burst to threaten with 3:13 to play, 68-72.
Scoreless through the first three periods, Abel Galliguez connected when it mattered most with a dagger triple to stretch the Rising Suns’ lead to seven entering the final two minutes, 75-68. That proved to be enough as both sides traded misses and botched plays as time was not on AMA’s side.
Galliguez scored all of his team-best 16 points in the fourth period, on top of five rebounds and six assists as he engaged Arellano in a shootout. Andrian Celada added 12 points and seven rebounds.
Arellano finished with 25 points, including 14 in the final period plus five steals. Joseph Terso was next with 11 points while Jay-R Taganas scored only 10 points but hauled 29 rebounds in a no-relief job to equal the PBA record held by Marcelo Simbulan of Seven-Up set during the league’s inaugural season in 1975.
How They Scored:
CAGAYAN VALLEY (75) – Galliguez 16, Celada 12, Mabulac 11, Trollano 9, Tayongtong 9, Santos 7, Melano 6, Flores 3, Arquero 2, Rogado 0, Dilay 0, Sanchez 0, Salamat 0.
AMA (70) – Arellano 25, Terso 11, Taganas 10, King 7, Maiquez 6, Martinez 6, Tampus 3, Sison 2.
Period Scores: 14-13, 37-35, 55-48, 75-70.
CEBUANA LHUILLIER (118) – Corpuz 26, Torres 15, Vosotros 15, Enciso 14, Tautuaa 11, A. Mangahas 9, Zamar 9, Acibar 5, Marata 3, J. Mangahas 3, Bautista 3, Sarangay 3, Acosta 2, Lopez 0.
MP HOTEL (78) – Custodio 17, Colina 12, Nambatac 12, Escosio 9, Mendoza 8, Pacquiao 5, Calvo 4, Luib 3, Yaya 2, Quinto 2, Magat 2, de la Pena 2, Yusop 0.
Period Scores: 30-13, 60-38, 87-58, 118-78.
KERAMIX (89) – Sinco 12, Viernes 12, Agovida 9, Jalalon 9, Gabawan 8, Gil 8, Robles 8, DiGregorio 7, Jamito 5, Ruaya 5, Saitanan 4, Ibay 2, Canta 0.
LIVERMARIN (71) – Ortuoste 18, de la Cruz 14, Ignacio 10, Laude 10, Bangga 5, Fabian 4, Calisaan 3, de Vera 3, Balucanag 2, Mag-isa 2, Costelo 0, Rios 0, Santos 0.
Period Scores: 28-13, 45-39, 69-50, 89-71.