By JONAS TERRADO
Games Today (Ynares Sports Arena, Pasig City)
3 p.m. – AMA vs Wangs
5 p.m. – CEU vs Flying V
Tanduay showed no mercy for struggling Zark’s Burgers and shattered two league records yesterday following a 141-65 victory in the PBA D-League Foundation Cup at the Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig City.
The Rhum Masters raced to a 17-5 lead from the onset behind former PBA veteran Jerwin Gaco and Paul Varilla then ended the first quarter outscoring the Jawbreakers, 18-1, to set the stage for another lopsided result in the PBA’s developmental tournament.
Tanduay forged a three-way share of third to fifth with Centro Escolar University and Batangas at 4-2 after producing the most points scored in a game, breaking the old mark of 140 by Racal Motors, incidentally against Zark’s last June 8 when it won by 50 points.
The 76-point victory also erased the previous record held by Cignal, which cruised to a 67-point drubbing of Gamboa Coffee, 118-51, last June 15.
In the second game, Racal Motors held Gamboa Coffee to a record-low three points in the third quarter to post a 107-60 victory that snapped a three-game losing skid. The Alibaba, who trailed 47-45 at the half before going on a second half surge, improved to 3-3.
“Wala naman talaga sa plano na gumawa kami ng record, gusto lang namin magkaroon ng momentum going into our game against Batangas,” said Rhum Masters coach Lawrence Chongson, whose team plays Batangas on Thursday in a game that has quarterfinal implications.
Gaco made 14 of his 21 points in the first quarter and Varilla scored 11 of his 15 in the same period as Tanduay bounced back from Thursday’s 104-89 loss to Flying V. James Martinez topscored with 23 points while Paul Sanga added 20, most of their output coming during garbage time.
Tanduay made 69 percent of its shots while making 11 triples to highlight its record-setting afternoon that left Zark’s in the dust.
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