PASIG CITY – Cignal HD recovered from its opening day debacle by crushing Tanduay Rhum, 89-63, at the main game of the 2017 PBA D-League Foundation Cup Thursday (June 1) at the Ynares Sports Arena. Christopher Sumalinog combined well with fellow starters Raymar Jose and Jason Perkins and substitute Davon Potts to key the victory.
The Hawkeyes allowed the Rhum Masters to score the first four points of the game but came roaring back with 10 straight to seize control for good with Sumalinog, Jose, Potts and Perkins at the firing end. By then, Cignal had erected a 30-16 advantage which they never relinquished, surging ahead by as much as 29 points in the fourth period, 77-48.
“We lost a won game last time so the team really worked hard the last four days,” said Coach Boyet Fernandez. “This is a new team from the last conference so we still have to solidify our teamwork.”
Sumalinog dropped 11 of his game-high 14 points in the first period and that was enough for the Hawkeyes who lost to expansion club Flying V seven days ago, 84-86. Jose backed him up with 13 points and seven rebounds as all 14 players fielded by Coach Fernandez scored.
“I hope to share my knowledge with my younger teammates,” said Sumalinog, who once donned the Talk ‘N Text jersey in the PBA. Coach Fernandez described Sumalinog as one of his hardest workers in practice and is shaping up to be the team’s defensive stopper.
Jaymo Eguilos and Von Tambeling paced the Rhum Masters with 10 points apiece. The rest of the team struggled on offense with Paul Sanga and Lester Alvarez chipping in eight each.
How They Scored:
CIGNAL HD (89) – Sumalinog 14, Jose 13, Perkins 11, Potts 11, Bringas 8, Arong 5, Villarias 5, Batino 5, Atkins 4, Raymundo 3, Arboleda 3, Bartolo 3, Sara 2, Cahilig 2.
TANDUAY RHUM (63) – Eguilos 10, Tambeling 10, Sanga 8, Alvarez 8, Palma 7, Santos 5, Varilla 4, Vigil 4, Gaco 3, Villamor 2, Taganas 1, Sollano 1, Terso 0, Acidre 0.
Period Scores: 30-16, 48-31, 69-46, 89-63.