PBA D-League: Batangas overpowers Zark’s


Cedrick Ablaza of Batangas attacks the Zark’s defense. PBA Media Bureau

MANILA, Philippines – Batangas proved too much for Zark’s Burger as it registered a 124-84 rout on Tuesday in the 2017 PBA D-League Foundation Cup at the Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig City.

Cedrick Ablaza scored 14 of his 16 points in Batangas’ 39-point third quarter, while also adding seven rebounds.

Batangas hiked its record to 4-1, staying within striking distance of league-leading Flying V (4-0).

“Siyempre, na-challenge ko naman ang mga players. Nakita nila na hindi tama ang ginagawa namin, at hindi rin tama na 52 points ang ini-score ng kalaban,” said coach Eric Gonzales. “Manalo, matalo, ang mahalaga sa akin ay gawin natin ang tama.”

With the Batangueños trailing, 41-26, in the first half, Ablaza triggered the huge third quarter run as the rest of his teammates followed suit, opening up a dominant 81-67 lead at the end of the period.

Joseph Sedurifa contributed 16 markers, 15 boards, and seven assists for Batangas, while Earvin Mendoza got 16 points and four rebounds.

Wilmar Anderson had 14 markers and eight boards, Cedric de Joya tallied 13 points, seven assists, and six rebounds, and Lucky Mangabang had 13.

Robby Celiz anchored Zark’s Burgers (1-5) with 21 points, six rebounds, and four assists, while RR de Leon fired 14 markers and six boards in the losing effort.

The scores:

BATANGAS 124 – Ablaza 16, Mendoza 16, Sedurifa 16, Anderson 14, De Joya 13, Mangabang 13, Laude 8, Ragasa 8, Bautista 7, Saitanan 5, Dela Pena 4, Mag-isa 2, Napoles 2.

ZARK’S BURGERS 84 – Celiz 21, De Leon 14, Mangahas 12, Bautista 8, Ferrer 8, Sheriff 6, Cayabyab 4, Nalos 4, Argamino 3, Cariaga 3, Cudal 1, Juruena 0.

Quarters: 19-27, 42-52, 81-67, 124-84.

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