PASIG CITY – Tanduay Rhum showed no mercy in flattening Zark’s Burger, 141-65, at the resumption of the 2017 PBA D-League Foundation Cup at the Ynares Sports Arena Monday (July 10). It was a good recovery for the Rhum Masters who were coming off a stinging 89-104 debacle to pacesetting Flying V last July 6.
Jerwin Gaco and Paul Varilla conspired to end the story as early as possible as both players outscored the entire Zark’s quintet by submitting twin digits each in the first period which the Rhum Masters easily took, 35-6. While the Jawbreakers prevented Tanduay from further pulling away by matching shots in the second period, the outcome was a foregone conclusion by the halftime break, 58-29.
While the 141-point effort and 76-point winning margin were new league records, Coach Lawrence Chongson downplayed his team’s achievement. “I’m not that particular about records, the only record that’s important is the championship so we have to work more,” he said as the Rhum Masters improved to 4-2 in the standings.
Coach Chongson had the luxury of shuffling his men with everyone getting balanced minutes. James Martinez was the most exposed with 23 points on five triples in 21 minutes while Gaco had 14 of his 21 points in the first period in only 20 minutes of action.
Robby Celiz topped the Jawbreakers with 13 points but was held scoreless in the final period. Jerome Ferrer followed with 12 points as they absorbed their third straight loss for a 1-7 win-loss card.
How They Scored:
TANDUAY RHUM (141) – Martinez 23, Gaco 21, Sanga 20, Varilla 15, Alvarez 11, Villamor 10, Eguilos 9, Vigil 9, Terso 7, Santos 5, Sollano 5, Taganas 2, Palma 2, Tambeling 2.
ZARK’S BURGER (65) – Celiz 13, Ferrer 12, Bautista 11, de Leon 10, Cudal 6, Cariaga 5, Mangahas 5, Nalos 2, Argamino 1, Cayabyab 0, de Ocampo 0.
Period Scores: 35-6, 58-29, 95-45, 141-65.