SAN JUAN City – Racal Ceramica evened the best-of-three championship series for the 2017 PBA D-League Aspirants Cup by downing Cignal-San Beda, 100-90, in Game Two at the FilOil Flying V Arena Monday (April 3). The deciding Game Three is scheduled for Thursday (April 6) at the Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig City.
Starters Thomas Torres and Gwyne Capacio combined for 11 points in Racal’s good start for the first period lead, 26-22. Cignal never recovered from the Tile Masters’ initial salvo as Rey Nambatac put up a shooting display for the books.
The Hawkeyes threatened briefly, 29-30, on a Davon Potts triple. Nambatac then keyed an 8-0 run and it was all Racal from thereon as they erected their biggest lead of the game just before the halftime, 57-38.
The best that Cignal could do was trim the deficit to five markers in the third period, 62-67, put the Tile Masters turned to forward Jackson Corpuz to bail them out with eight points and ample cushion entering the final period, 81-71. Nambatac was not yet done as he delivered the game’s exclamation point, a triple at the 3:50 mark for a 92-77 tally.
Nambatac finished with a total of 24 points, making 10 in both the first and fourth periods. Corpuz scored 12 of his 20 points in the third canto to go with 11 rebounds.
“We wanted to stay close in the first period and work from there,” said Racal coach Jerry Codinera. “Cignal is like a typhoon, we always have to be ready.”
Before the game, Cignal’s Robert Bolick was awarded as the tournament’s Most Valuable Player by Commissioner Andres Narvasa and Eric Arejola of GlobalPort. He beat out teammate Jayson Perkins, Racal’s Ken Salado and Paul Desiderio of Cafe France for the honor.
Bolick put up numbers deserving of the award with 18 points on top of 10 rebounds and five assists. Pamboy Raymundo was next with 17 points as he joined Bolick in putting up one last rally in the fourth period but to no avail.
Behind the 28 and 23 points of Perkins and Raymundo, Cignal took Game One, 93-85, last March 30. Perkins was hampered by foul trouble in Game Two but still churned out13 points and 11 rebounds.
How They Scored:
RACAL CERAMICA (100) – Nambatac 24, Corpuz 20, Salado 15, Gabayni 9, Torres 8, Capacio 5, Dagangon 5, Onwubere 4, Flores 4, Mangahas 3, Cabrera 3, Gabawan 0, Gumaru 0, Terso 0.
CIGNAL-SAN BEDA (90) – Bolick 18, Raymundo 17, Perkins 13, Potts 11, Bringas 8, Villarias 7, Mocon 7, Arboleda 3, Oftana 3, Adamos 3, Arong 0, Cahilig 0, Batino 0.
Period Scores: 26-22, 57-42, 81-71, 100-90.