PASIG CITY – Tanduay Rhum barged into the win column by venting their frustrations on Centro Escolar University, 75-60, in continuing action from the 2017 PBA D-League Foundation Cup at the Ynares Sports Arena Tuesday (June 6). The Rhum Masters needed a strong second half to break away from the tough Scorpions who absorbed their second straight defeat.
Tanduay outscored CEU in the third period, 30-14, to transform the once-tight contest into a laugher entering the final period. Lester Alvarez and Adrian Santos combined for 13 as they enjoyed their biggest of 21 points, 60-39.
“The veterans did not play well last time but good thing that the veterans stepped up today,” said Coach Lawrence Chongson. “In our last game against Cignal, we made them look like millionaires.”
Santos and Alvarez both finished with 16 points with Santos hauling nine rebounds. Also contributing big was Paul Varilla with 11 points and five rebounds.
Rodrigue Ebondo topped the Scorpions with 20 points, 14 rebounds and two blocks. JK Casino followed with 11 points as CEU shot a combined 21 of 69 from the field to seal their fate.
How They Scored:
TANDUAY RHUM (75) – Santos 16, Alvarez 16, Varilla 11, Taganas 8, Palma 6, Vigil 6, Terso 5, Eguilos 3, Sollano 2, Tambeling 2.
CENTRO ESCOLAR (60) – Ebondo 20, Casino 11, Manlangit 8, Wamar 7, Cruz 5, Aquino 4, Uri 3, Guinitaran 2, Jeruta 0, Intic 0, Arim 0, Saber 0, Baconcon 0.
Period Scores: 13-12, 30-28, 60-42, 75-60.