PASIG CITY – Racal Tiles survived a big scare from Blustar Detergent, 90-83, and bolster its chances for a Top Two finish at the 2016 PBA D-League Foundation Cup Thursday evening (July 19) at the Ynares Sports Arena. The loss also booted out the Dragons from the title picture with a lone victory to show in nine games.
The Tile Masters employed a swarming defense that led to easy scores while holding the opposition to only two free throws in the first seven minutes of the third period, erecting a 30-point margin entering the fourth and final canto, 74-44. However, the Dragons came storming back behind Wong Yi Hou, Ivan Yeo and Kuek Tian Yuan, cutting their deficit to only five on a Ma Chee Kuan triple with 10 seconds to play, 83-88.
Showing no signs of panic, Coach Carlos Garcia refused to call a timeout amidst Blustar’s rampage and calmly watched as Philip Paniamogan settled the final tally with two free throws at the six-second mark. “We were playing well, it just so happened we relaxed in the fourth period but a win is a win,” said Coach Garcia.
Paniamogan led the Tile Masters with 20 points on four triples. Raphael Banal was next with 13 followed by Jonathan Grey with 11.
Kuek had another double-double for Blustar with 22 points and 13 rebounds. Wong supported him 14 points and three assists.
Coach Garcia went on to praise Blustar for their vast improvement and wished them luck in their remaining three games in the Philippines before returning to Malaysia. In their first meeting last June 21, the Tile Masters prevailed over the Dragons, 122-60.
How They Scored:
RACAL TILES (90) – Paniamogan 20, Banal 13, Grey 11, Terso 7, Celiz 7, Robles 7, Maiquez 6, Javier 6, Neypes 6, Corpuz 3, Gabawan 2, Ortuoste 2, Lozada 0, Ambulodto 0.
BLUSTAR DETERGENT (83) – Kuek 22, Wong 14, Yeo 12, Ting 11, Ma 7, Ong 6, Tiongson 5, Gan 4, Choo 2, Liaw 0, Teo 0, Mak 0, Yim 0.
Period Scores: 20-19, 39-35, 74-44, 90-83.