PASIG CITY – Racal Motors finally ended its three-game losing skid in style by thumping Gamboa Coffee Mix, 107-60, in continuing action at the 2017 PBA D-League Foundation Cup at the Ynares Sports Arena Monday (July 10). Michael Ayonayon starred in Racal’s third period breakaway that turned the game into a walk in a park and evening their win-loss record to 3-3.
“We had to make defensive adjustments at halftime and personally, I really wanted to win today because a loss might eliminate us,” said Ayonayon, a product of Philippine Christian University. For his part, Coach Jerry Codinera reminded his team to “respect their opponents because they are veterans and good collegiate players”.
The Coffee Lovers clung to a 47-45 lead after Marlon Gomez’ late basket was nullified as Ayonayon then took charge as he scored nine points as they outscored the opposition, 26-3. Gamboa was never the same as they allowed Racal to score at will Ayonayon, Gomez and Apreku taking turns at further padding their lead.
Ayonayon led the way for Racal with 26 points on top of seven assists and five steals. He was supported by Mac Tallo with 16 points off the bench as Racal reserves got the better of their Gamboa counterparts, 56-26.
Mark Montuano paced the Coffee Lovers with 13 points and 10 rebounds. Mike Parala also had a double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds as the team’s losing skid stretched to six games after winning their debut appearance.
How They Scored:
RACAL MOTORS (107) – Ayonayon 26, Tallo 16, Cortes 11, Apreku 11, Pontejos 10, Gomez 8, Capacio 7, Grimaldo 6, Faundo 5, Lozada 5, Ortuoste 2, Mangahas 0, de la Cruz 0, Cabrera 0.
GAMBOA COFFEE MIX (60) – Montuano 13, Parala 12, Avenido 10, Padilla 8, Acibar 7, Arellano 4, Acuna 3, Knuttel 2, Dadjilul 1, David 0, Riva 0, Vidal 0, Jumao-as 0.
Period Scores: 24-20 45-47, 71-50, 107-60.