PASIG CITY – Jason Perkins finally displayed the form that made him the top overall rookie draft pick as he powered Caida Tiles to their second straight win in the 2016 PBA D-League Aspirants Cup. The Tile Masters made short work of debuting AMA Online Education, 103-84, Thursday (January 26) at the Ynares Sports Arena.
Nursing a shaky 81-78 lead at the 5:52 mark, Perkins unloaded seven points in a dizzying 22-6 windup that turned the tight contest into a laugher. He began with a three-point play and followed it up with a basket for a 96-80 Caida advantage with still 3:18 to play.
Perkins then added two more free throws for good measure as Caida continued to increase their lead, reaching as high as 21 points, 103-82. The Titans simply collapsed after battling back from as much as 17 points down in the third period, 40-57.
“We relaxed so AMA was able to come back,” said Coach Carlos Garcia. A total of 78 fouls were assessed on both teams effectively slowing down the game and denying Caida the chance to execute their vaunted running game.
Perkins finished with 16 points and five rebounds. Joseph Terso and Jonathan Grey backed him up with 12 and 11 points respectively.
In his D-League debut last Thursday, Perkins accounted for nine points and six rebounds as Caida slipped past the Tanduay Rhum Masters, 90-85. Today’s game also marked the top pick’s meeting with second overall pick Julian Sargent of AMA who tallied four points, four rebounds and three assists.
Rashawn McCarthy paced the Titans with 16 points and six rebounds but fouled out and was missed during crucial stages of the game. Jerramy King followed with 14 points and five assists.
Later in the day, QRS JAM Liner-UP matched Caida’s win-loss card by smashing the Rhum Masters, 102-86. The team dedicated the victory to team consultant Joe Ward who was rushed to a hospital after collapsing the night earlier.
“Even if we have won our first two games, we are still at 80 percent,” said Coach Robert de la Rosa. This was echoed by Best Player Kevin Ferrer who added that the team could use more bonding activities.
Ferrer had a game-high 19 points on top of four rebounds and four assists. Paul Desiderio continued from his good performance in their first game by scattering nine of his 16 points in the pivotal third period.
By that time, Tanduay’s Alfonzo Gotladera waxed hot with 10 quick points to threaten, 50-51. That was the cue for Desiderio to go work and join forces with Michole Sorela to give the Maroons more breathing space entering the final canto, 74-63.
After scoring 37 points in the third, QRS JAM was not yet finished. Jong Baloria and Kyle Neypes combined for 12 points in bring the Maroons to their biggest lead, 98-77, as the Rhum Masters suddenly folded down the stretch.
Ryan Wetherell topped Tanduay with 19 points, six rebounds and four assists. Joseph Eriobu followed with 13 points all made in the second half.
Day Three of the Aspirants this Thursday (January 28) will still be at the Ynares Sports Arena. CafeFrance-CEU faces Banco de Oro-NU in the opener at 2:00 PM followed by the encounter between winless sides ZC Mindanao Aguilas and Wang’s Basketball at 4:00 PM.
How They Scored:
CAIDA TILES (103) – Perkins 16, Terso 12, Grey 11, Jalalon 10, Javier 9, Robles 9, Nambatac 8, Lozada 6, Maiquez 6, Cabrera 6, Pascual 5, Pasculado 3, Corpuz 2, Gabawan 0.
AMA ONLINE (84) – McCarthy 16, King 14, Dagangon 10 Jamito 10, Romero 8, Tampus 8, Balucanag 7, de la Cruz 5, Sargent 4, Hernandez 2, Jordan 0, Arambulo 0, Carpio 0.
Period Scores: 34-21, 52-40, 74-65, 103-84.
QRS JAM LINER-UP (102) – Ferrer 19, Desiderio 16, Sorela 12, Neypes 12, Soyud 9, Aguilar 9, Batino 8, Moralde 6, Baloria 6, Alolino 3,Harris 2, Dario 0, Asilum 0, Vito 0.
TANDUAY RHUM (86) – Wetherell 19, Eriobu 13, Gotladera 12, Javillonar 9, Celda 9, Belencion 8, Pessumal 5, Llagas 4, Lingganay 4, Koga 3, Santos 0, Tagarda 0.
Period Scores: 21-13, 37-34, 74-63, 102-86.