SAN JUAN City – Caida Tiles vented their frustrations on an unsuspecting Phoenix Petroleum-FEU, 108-91, in continuing action from the 2016 PBA D-League Aspirants Cup at the San Juan Arena Monday (February 15). The Tile Masters thus returned to the winning track after a heartbreaking loss to CafeFrance last week, 87-90, while handing the Accelerators their first loss after three wins.
“Our loss to CafeFrance was a wakeup call,” said Coach Carlos Garcia. “It reminded us that we have to play for 40 minutes, focusing on team play and ball movement.”
Phoenix was heavily favored due to their unbeaten slate entering the game. After a close first period, Caida made their move behind the guard trio of Philip Paniamogan, Jiovanni Jalalon and Joseph Terso as they combined for 22 points in the second period to push Caida ahead for good by halftime, 52-36.
Jalalon was not yet done as he continued his scoring spree in the second half and with help from Jonathan Grey, Jason Perkins and Rey Nambatac gave Caida its biggest lead, 81-57. Phoenix could only put up minimal resistance with Mac Belo the lone bright spot for the Accelerators’ cause.
Jalalon finished another brilliant performance with 21 points, eight rebounds and six assists. Paniamogan added 19 points in his second game in a Caida uniform.
Belo’s 41-point effort went to naught as he matched the all-time D-League record for most points in a game shared by Jerramy King and Allan Mangahas. Roger Pogoy and Michael Tolomia followed with 13 markers each as the rest of the team struggled to find their shots.
Caida Tiles 4-1
Phoenix Petroleum-FEU 3-1
QRS JAM Liner-UP 3-2
Tanduay Rhum 2-2
Banco de Oro-NU 1-2
Wang’s Basketball 1-3
AMA Online 0-3
ZC Mindanao 0-4
In the first game, QRS JAM Liner-UP snapped its two-game losing streak by crushing the ZC Mindanao Aguilas, 100-75. The Maroons improved to 3-2, good for solo Fourth Place, while the Aguilas remained winless in four games.
A 13-0 opening salvo was all the Maroons needed to dictate the outcome of the game. The Aguilas hardly threatened and allowed the Maroons to pull ahead by as high as 32 points, 71-39, in the third canto.
“We learned from our two losses that we have to share the ball more and play defense,” said team consultant Joe Ward. “It’s always good to win and to be among the top four teams.”
Despite fouling out with over five minutes left, Raymond Aguilar powered QRS JAM Liner with 23 points and 15 rebounds. Gelo Alolino and Juneric Baloria provided scoring punch from the backcourt with 18 points each.
Choi Ignacio came off the bench to lead the Aguilas with 17 points. Jerome Ferrer followed with 11 of his 13 points submitted in the fourth period.
The games will resume on Tuesday (February 16) with CafeFrance staking its undefeated record against dangerous Wang’s Basketball at 2:00 PM. At 4:00 PM, AMA Online Education tests Tanduay Rhum.
How They Scored:
QRS JAM LINER-UP (100) – Aguilar 23, Alolino 18, Baloria 18, Ferrer 15, Soyud 11, Moralde 6, Dario 4, Batino 4, Neypes 1, Vito 0, Harris 0.
ZC MINDANAO (75) – Ignacio 17, Ferrer 13, Argamino 12, Celiz 11, Ongteco 6, Villanueva 4, Garcia 4, Rivera 3, Acibar 3, Jumao-as 2, Nalos 0, Sarangay 0, Rublico 0.
Period Scores: 23-13, 53-30, 78-47, 100-75.
CAIDA TILES (108) – Jalalon 21, Paniamogan 19, Perkins 12, Grey 11, Nambatac 11, Javier 10, Terso 9, Ruaya 7, Gabawan 3, Cabrera 3, Robles 2, Lozada 0, Maiquez 0.
PHOENIX PETROLEUM-FEU (91) – Belo 41, Pogoy 13, Tolomia 13, Jose 9, Ru. Escoto 6, Tamsi 3, Mendoza 2, Inigo 2, Ri. Escoto 2, Lee Yu 0, Dennison 0. Elmejrab 0.
Period Scores: 19-20, 52-36, 84-61, 108-91.