PASIG CITY – Tanduay Rhum set a new record for points scored as they reduced to smithereens Topstar ZC Mindanao, 133-78, at the resumption of the 2016 PBA D-League Foundation Cup at the Ynares Sports Arena Tuesday (July 19). The old record was held by the NLEX Road Warriors when they defeated Zambales, 125-61, on the final day of the 2013-2014 Aspirants Cup eliminations on January 30, 2014 at the San Juan Arena.
Despite the awesome display of firepower, Coach Lawrence Chongson remained unsatisfied and admitted to giving his team a tongue lashing during their halftime powwow. “You do not allow your opponent to score 48 points on you in one half, you cannot play like that against the bigger teams,” he said while admitting he was not aware that the Rhum Masters were making history.
“Therefore, I challenged them to limit Mindanao to 30 points in the second half,” added Coach Chongson. The Rhum Masters responded by limiting the Aguilas to exactly what their coach ordered, 30 points.
Each period had a story of its own. There was Jaypee Belencion stringing four triples in the second, Val Acuna skipping the first half but pumping in 12 in the third and new recruit Paolo Javelona scoring 10 in the final canto as Tanduay put the finishing touches on the blowout.
Reden Celda was tops among eight Rhum Masters in double figures with 20 points and six rebounds. He was followed by Gelo Alolino and Kim Lo with 17 points each with Lo making it a double-double by grabbing 13 rebounds.
Tanduay clearly dominated all major statistical categories. They had more rebounds, 62-28, and assists, 29-10, while shooting 18 of 35 from three-point range.
JR Cawaling paced the winless Aguilas with 21 points. Dexter Garcia was the only other teammate in twin digits with 15 points as they fell to their eighth straight defeat of the tournament and formally bowed out of contention.
Coach Chongson also likes his team’s chances of earning a twice-to-beat advantage in the semifinals by finishing in the top two as they trail idle leader Phoenix Petroleum (7-1) by only a game and a half with three games left on their schedule. “We just have to remain optimistic,” he said.
How They Scored:
TANDUAY RHUM (133) – Celda 20, Alolino 17, Lo 17, Belencion 12, Acuna 12, Tagarda 12, Javelona 10, Stevens 10, Cenal 8, Javillonar 7, Mendoza 6, Gotladera 2, Lingganay 0.
TOPSTAR ZC MINDANAO (78) – Cawaling 21, Garcia 15, Rivera 8, Argamino 7, Jumao-as 7, Onde 5, Ongteco 4, Rono 4, Julkipli 3, Ignacio 2, Dadjilul 2, Tano 0.
Period Scores: 26-19, 61-48, 94-60, 133-78.