PASIG CITY – A well-rested Cignal HD showed no rust from a 16-day vacation to rout Marinerong Pilipino, 86-67, in Game One of the best-of-three semifinal series for the 2017 PBA D-League Foundation Cup at the Ynares Sports Arena Thursday (August 10). Strong play on both offense and defense by the starting unit led to a 34-14 margin after one period and it was all-Cignal from thereon.
Starters Jason Perkins, Byron Villarias, Mark Bringas, Pamboy Raymundo and Christopher Sumalinog combined for 25 of their 34 points and Raymar Jose came off the bench to pump in five more. Jose was not yet done as his field goal midway in the third resulted in their biggest lead, 55-31.
The Skippers though refused to see their seven-game winning streak come to an end and valiantly fought back behind to come to their closest on a Julian Sargent basket, 63-75 and 3:21 to play. Sadly, time was not on their side as timely hits from Sumalinog, Jose and Villarias stretched anew Cignal’s lead beyond reach.
“I credit the good play of my starters but credit also the Marinero for coming back,” said Coach Boyet Fernandez. “I don’t know if Raymar will be available for Game Two because of the Southeast Asian Games but we will be ready.”
Jose is part of the national team to the biennial games in Malaysia next week and poured in a game-high 17 points and eight rebounds in what could be his farewell game. Perkins was next with a double-double of 13 points and 18 rebounds while Villarias finished with 13 points as well.
Paolo Javelona paced the Skippers with 11 points. None of his teammates submitted twin figures with Sargent and Subido coughing up eight points each as everyone struggled.
Game Two of the series is set for next Tuesday at the same venue. It was sweet revenge for the Hawkeyes who bowed to the Skippers in the elimination round, 65-66, last June 8.
How They Scored:
CIGNAL HD (86) – Jose 17, Perkins 13, Villarias 13, Sumalinog 12, Arboleda 6, Cahilig 6, Bringas 6, Raymundo 5, Sara 4, Batino 4, Uyloan 0, Apinan 0.
MARINERONG PILIPINO (67) – Javelona 11, Sargent 8, Subido 8, Moralde 7, Herndon 6, Lopez 6, Marata 5, Inigo 5, Alabanza 3, Isip 3, Javillonar 3, Gabriel 2.
Period Scores: 34-14, 48-29, 65-45, 86-67.