SAN JUAN City – Caida Tiles took the early solo leadership of the Pilipinas Commercial Basketball League (PCBL) Founders Cup with a sound 94-82 beating of the Jumbo Plastic Linoleum Giants Wednesday (October 14) at the San Juan Arena. The Tilemasters of Coach Michael Buendia thus upped their win-loss record to 2-0 in the eight-team tournament.
From the game’s final deadlock at 25-25, Janus Lozada completed a three-point play and Billy Ray Robles followed it up with a basket to signal Caida’s breakaway. Robles, Joseph Terso and Michael Parala continued to find the hoop en route to a nine-point cushion by halftime which they never relinquished, 40-31.
Robles hit eight of his 19 points in the crucial second period romp to go with six rebounds in 20 minutes of action. Dexter Maiquez supported him with 14 markers.
Jeff Alvin Viernes made 22 of his team-high 26 points in the second half as he tried to rally the Giants. Marcy Arellano followed with 14 points.
In the main game, Santa Lucia Realty bounced back from its harrowing 92-99 opening day overtime defeat at the hands of Kama Motors by trouncing debuting Supremo Lex Builders-OLFU, 77-71. The Realtors of Coach Boni Garcia now tote an even 1-1 record.
The game almost went the same path as their previous contest as the Realtors nearly wasted a big 15-point lead at the start of the third period, 39-24. The Builders slowly ate away at their deficit, capped by consecutive three-point plays by Joseph Marquez and Christopher Bitoon to trail by a sole basket with 1:38 on the clock, 68-70.
Wowie Escosio temporarily bailed out Santa Lucia with a three-point play of his own, 73-68, but more importantly fished the fifth and final foul on Joseph Gabayni at the 48-second mark. After a quick timeout, Jaypee Belencion nailed a triple that proved to be the Builders’ final gasp with still 41 second remaining, 71-73.
From there, Raymond Ilagan sank a crucial basket off a loose ball scramble, 75-71. Bitoon missed his triple with Taylor Wetherell collaring the defensive rebound and drawing a foul.
Wetherell though missed both his free throws but the Builders failed to capitalize. Robby Celiz settled the final tally with two more gift shots with five seconds remaining.
Escosio powered the win with 19 points and nine rebounds coming off the bench. Starter Jerald Bautista chipped in 10 points and six rebounds.
Marquez paced the Builders with 18 points and 13 rebounds. Bitoon was next with 16 points off the bench.
The PCBL Founders Cup will have two games on Friday (October 16) still at the San Juan Arena. Supremo Lex will seek its first win when they face Euro-Med Laboratories at 4:00 PM while Jumbo Plastic will aim for the same against Cagayan Valley.
How They Scored:
CAIDA TILES (94) – Robles 19, Maiquez 14, Ruaya 10, Lozada 9, Jamito 8, Leynes 8, Rios 5, Corpuz 4, Gabawan 4, Hayes 4, Parala 4, Almario 3, Terso 2, Jamon 0.
JUMBO PLASTIC (82) – Viernes 26, Arellano 14, M. Lopez 12, Padilla 7, J. Lopez 6, Taganas 5, Eguilos 4, Alabanza 3, Martinez 2, Tayongtong 2, Perez 1, Gomez 0.
Period Scores: 22-15, 40-31, 68-44, 94-82.
SANTA LUCIA (77) – Escocio 19, Bautista 10, Montilla 9, Vidal 8, Onwubere 8, Ilagan 7, Celiz 6, Gabriel 5, Wetherell 3, Camasura 2, Banal 0, Sarangay 0.
SUPREMO LEX-OLFU (71) – Marquez 18, Bitoon 16, Belencion 12, Santos 8, Importante 6, Jornacion 5, Gabayni 5, Yaya 1, Rosales 0, Juanico 0.
Period Scores: 18-12, 38-24, 60-50, 77-71.