Hawkeyes claw Couriers for fifth win in a row

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CLEAR AS DAY.

Cignal went on a hot streak early and decimated Wangs Basketball, 94-69, to continue its five-game winning streak in the 2017 PBA D-League Foundation Cup Thursday at the Ynares Arena in Pasig.

Jason Perkins and Oping Sumalinog orchestrated the Hawkeyes’ scorching 26-5 opener as the duo combined for 20 of the team’s 32 points in the first quarter and led by as high as 34 to bag their sixth win with ease. 

“Credit to my starters. Nag-step up sila on defense and that’s why we got to that big lead early,” noted coach Boyet Fernandez, as Cignal stayed at fourth place with its 6-2 card.

Perkins unloaded 12 of his 24 points in the first quarter while also contributing five rebounds and two blocks. Sumalinog, meanwhile, pumped eight of his 15 markers in the opening frame to go with five boards and two swats.

Pamboy Raymundo also scattered 18 points, four assists, two rebounds, and two steal  while Raymar Jose buckled down in the paint as he got eight markers, 12 boards, three assists, and three steals.

Following another dominant victory, Fernandez is hoping to see consistency from his wards in the Hawkeyes’ last two games. “Kahit na up and down kami, I want to see that our system is always there,” he said.

John Ambulodto topped Wangs with 19 points, nine rebounds, and four blocks while Ryan Arambulo got 14 markers and three boards as the Couriers’ usual suspects were silenced by the choking Cignal defense.

Wangs also saw its two-game winning streak cut short and fall to an even 3-3 slate.

In the second game, Centro Escolar University once again leaned on its veteran core to escape with a 100-85 conquest of AMA Online Education.

Congolese center Rod Ebondo was magnificent for the Scorpions anew, finishing with 27 points, none bigger than his game-clinching trey with 1:00 to play, on top of 22 rebounds, three blocks, two assists, and two steals to help his side grab their third consecutive victory.

JK Casiño contributed 22 markers while Christian Uri and Mark Cruz both tallied 14 points and six boards each for CEU (3-2).

The Scorpions used a 30-point charge in the second period to pull away and erect a lead as high as 20, 69-49, with 3:40 remaining in the third quarter.

Mario Bonleon and Renzo Subido, though, had other things in mind as the pair helped AMA crawl their way back and trim the lead to just eight, 95-83, at the 2:41 mark of the fourth quarter.

That would prove to be their last hurrah, though, as Aaron Jeruta, Ebondo, and Mark Cruz came to the defense of CEU as they strung three straight baskets to put the nail in the coffin for their side.

“Ang dami pa naming lapses na kailangan naming i-correct, so we have to continue pushing ourselves in practice, lalo na yung decision making,” said Scorpions coach Yong Garcia.

Bonleon shot 12-of-22 from the field to top-score AMA (0-5) with 30 points and four rebounds, while Subido had 23.

BOX SCORES

FIRST GAME

CIGNAL HD 94 – Perkins 24, Raymundo 18, Sumalinog 15, Villarias 10, Jose 8, Bringas 6, Arong 4, Belencion 3, Atkins 2, Sara 2, Cahilig 2, Batino 0, Arboleda 0.

WANGS 69 – Ambulodto 19, Arambulo 14, De Chavez 12, Habelito 7, Herndon 7, Bitoon 6, Juico 2, Sorela 2, Montemayor 0, Asuncion 0, King 0, Tayongtong 0, Pontejos 0, Riley 0.

QUARTER SCORES: 32-11, 52-27, 74-42, 94-69.

SECOND GAME

CEU 100 – Ebondo 27, Casiño 22, Uri 14, Cruz 14, Arim 8, Manlangit 7, Jeruta 6, Wamar 2, Aquino 0, Saber 0.

AMA ONLINE EDUCATION 85 – Bonleon 30, Subido 23, Salonga 10, Villanueva 7, Alas 5, Alupani 3, Flores 3, Paras 2, Celso 2, Macaranas 0, Jordan 0, Malones 0.

QUARTER SCORES: 21-19, 51-37, 74-63, 100-85.



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