BACOOR CITY – Racal Tiles grabbed a share of second place at the 2016 PBA D-League Foundation Cup after drubbing Tanduay Rhum, 96-90, at the STRIKE Gymnasium. Raphael Banal and Kyle Neypes hit the big shots down the stretch to deliver the Tile Masters’ fourth win in five games, same as idle defending champion CafeFrance.
Neypes was a timely insertion by Coach Carlos Garcia as he gave Racal the lead, 89-88, with 1:32 to play. The former National University stalwart then followed it up with a triple that resulted in an unassailable 92-88 margin with 58 ticks remaining.
Gelo Alolino, Neypes’ college teammate, quickly countered five seconds later with Tanduay’s final gasp, 90-92. Banal then negated Alolino’s shot with a basket of his own, a drive to the hoop in traffic for a 94-90 count.
“They hit the big shots and made the right decisions,” said Coach Garcia of Neypes and Banal. “I just did not like that we lost a big lead because of complacency and allowed Tanduay to come back.”
Jonathan Grey and Billy Ray Robles pushed the Tile Masters to an imposing 37-18 lead late in the second period. Tanduay managed to close the gap behind Jeoffrey Javillonar and Alolino with Javillonar giving the Rhum Masters the lead for the first time since the first period, 64-63.
Grey went on to pace Racal with 18 points followed by Banal with 17. Both players combined for 15 of the Tile Masters’ 26 points in the fourth period.
Val Acuna topped the Rhum Masters with 17 points on four triples. Alolino was next with seven of his 15 points coming in the third period.
How They Scored:
RACAL TILES (96) – Grey 18, Banal 16, Maiquez 9, Terso 9, Javier 8, Neypes 8, Robles 8, Gabawan 7, Ortuoste 7, Celiz 6, Corpuz 0, Paniamogan 0.
TANDUAY RHUM (90) – Acuna 17, Alolino 15, Lingganay 12, Javillonar 11, Santos 9, Mendoza 8, Vigil 8, Celda 7, Tagarda 2, Gotladera 1, Enguio 0, Belencion 0, Acibar 0.
Period Scores: 20-14, 44-39, 70-71, 96-90.