D-League: Batangas takes down debuting Marinero

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Joseph Sedurifa looks to make a play against Marinerong Pilipino. PBA Media Bureau photo

MANILA, Philippines – Team Batangas gave Marinerong Pilipino a rude welcome in the 2017 PBA D-League Foundation Cup as they came away with a 92-82 victory on Tuesday at the JCSGO Gym in Cubao.

Joseph Sedurifa led the Batangueños with 17 points, four assists, and three rebounds, while Cedric de Joya got 14 markers and four dimes.

Earvin Mendoza also went 3-of-6 from threes to wound up with 11 points as he had half of Batangas’ 6-of-19 shooting from threes.

“We really want to be known as a defensive team. I told them that we are not known for our offensive prowess, but hopefully, if we make it to the quarters, we would be known as a defensive team,” said Batangas coach Eric Gonzales.

The Batangueños slowly pulled away from their foes and put up a 15-point lead, 81-66 after a Mendoza three with 6:44 left in the fourth period. The Seafarers, though, made a late run and cut the deficit to eight, 90-82 with 1:57 to play before Dave Moralde committed an offensive foul in the final two minutes which was followed by a turnover from Jeff Javillonar that took the air out of Marinerong Pilipino.

Pao Javelona captained Marinerong Pilipino with 18 points and four rebounds, while Julian Sargent poured 15 markers in the losing effort.

The scores:

BATANGAS 92 – Sedurifa 17, De Joya 14, Mendoza 11, Ablaza 9, Anderson 8, Isit 8, Saitanan 7, Dela Pena 6, Ragasa 6, Bautista 2, Laude 2, Mangabang 2, Mag-isa 0, Napoles 0.

MARINERONG PILIPINO 82 – Javelona 18, Sargent 15, Javillonar 12, Inigo 10, Publico 10, Alabanza 7, Moralde 6, Isip 4, Nicholls 0, Meca 0, Marata 0, Lopez 0.

Quarters: 25-24, 49-43, 72-63, 92-82.

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