QUEZON CITY – The Jumbo Plastic Linoleum Giants and Kama Motors closed out the classification round of the Pilipinas Commercial Basketball League (PCBL) Founders Cup with important wins to improve their playoff positions Thursday (November 26) at the Jesus Christ Saves Global Outreach Gym. The playoffs will begin next week with the four higher seeds enjoying the twice to beat advantage.
The Giants avoided any complications and claimed the second seed via a 100-73 thrashing of Foton Toplander, the same team that they will meet in the playoffs. In the second game, Kama shaded the Cagayan Rising Suns, 91-85, to arrange a playoff with idle Euro-Med Laboratories for the fourth seeding on December 1 (Tuesday) still at JCSGO starting at 6:00 PM.
James Martinez fired four triples in the first period en route to 16 points as he outscored the entire Foton side by himself. Jeff Alvin Viernes also found his mark early for nine points to give Jumbo Plastic the period, 29-11.
It was an all-Giants show thereon as Foton never recovered. The best that Foton could do was close in, 40-50, in the third but this was quickly neutralized by timely baskets by Viernes, Jeymo Eguilos and Alvin Padilla.
Viernes and Martinez were not yet done as they continued their scoring onslaught in the fourth canto despite the outcome being long settled. They would combine to stretch the margin to as high as 28 points with a minute to play, 98-70.
“This is a big morale booster for the team,” said Coach Stevenson Tiu. “We started the tournament at 5-1 then went on a three-game losing skid so this game is all about pride and we have to get used to winning again entering the playoffs.”
Viernes mocked all the defenders thrown at him to finish with a personal best of 27 points on top of four assists and three steals, a good recovery after going scoreless in their last outing against Supremo Lex-OLFU. After dumping 16 in the first, Martinez added eight more markers for 24 points.
Levi Hernandez, the PCBL’s leading scorer, shot 18 markers off the bench to pace Foton and match his average. Marvin Moraga also came off the bench and sank four triples for personal record 17 points as the poor performance of the Foton starting unit greatly affected their chances.
Jumbo Plastic ended up in a tie with Santa Lucia Realty at 6-4. However, the Giants earned the tiebreaker by virtue of their 76-63 thumping of the Realtors last November 5.
In the second game, Kama banked on the superlative performances of veterans Rudy Lingganay and Roider Cabrera but it was the timely return to the active line-up of young guards Jamil Ortuoste and Paolo Pontejos that provided the extra push. Both Ortuoste and Pontejos sat out Kama’s last two games.
With the score deadlocked at 66-66, Ortuoste sparked and capped a 9-0 run that gave Kama their biggest lead of the game with six minutes remaining, 75-66. The Rising Suns clawed back but Cabrera drained a dagger triple entering the final two minutes to snuff the rally, 86-79.
From there, Kama firmly held on to the lead with Pontejos making an explosive drive to the basket for two more points and Cabrera stealing the ball for an unmolested layup at the 28-second mark to settle the final tally. Kama thus tied Euro-Med with similar 5-5 win-loss cards while the Rising Suns will now play third seed Santa Lucia Realty.
“Getting the fourth seeding is our short term goal,” said Coach Aris Dimaunahan. “Our playoff opponent Euro-Med is loaded with scorers so we will prepare a plan for that.”
Lingganay put up amazing numbers of 20 points, five rebounds and seven assists. Cabrera also submitted 20 points spiked by five triples on top of six rebounds.
Dahrrel Caranguian paced the Rising Suns with personal high of 18 points. Rocky Acidre and Ralph Salcedo supported him with 16 markers apiece.
How They Scored:
JUMBO PLASTIC (100) – Viernes 27, Martinez 24, Eguilos 11, Padilla 8, J. Lopez 6, Perez 6, Arellano 5, Taganas 5, Ferrer 4, Alabanza 2, Gomez 2, Mandani 0, M. Lopez 0, Acosta 0, Tayongtong 0.
FOTON (73) – Hernandez 18, Moraga 17, Enriquez 12, Nacpil 9, Rosaroso 5, Mangahas 4, Gomez 4, Juruena 4, Habelito 0, Penaflor 0, Rivera 0.
Period Scores: 29-11, 41-29, 69-52, 100-73.
KAMA MOTORS (91) – Lingganay 20, Cabrera 20, Montuano 11, Cawaling 10, Ortuoste 10, Calisaan 8, Pontejos 3, Ludovice 3, Lunor 2, Argamino 2, Ambulodto 2.
CAGAYAN VALLEY (85) – Caranguian 18, Salcedo 16, Acidre 16, Bangga 13, Siruma 8, Flores 8, Arce 3, Brana 3, Managuelod 0, Isit 0.
Period Scores: 14-22, 38-37, 64-62, 91-85.