Marinerong Pilipino continued its miraculous drive to the 2017 PBA D-League Foundation Cup quarterfinals, cruising to a fourth consecutive victory with a 69-point decimation of Gamboa Coffee, 138-69, on Monday at the Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig.
Everything went the way of the Skippers as they turned a 24-all deadlock to a commanding 57-41 halftime lead before the margin exploded to 69 points, the second-most winning spread in league history.
The mark came seven points away from tying Tanduay’s 76-point demolition of Zark’s Burgers last July 10.
Pao Javelona top-scored for Marinerong Pilipino as he scattered 16 points, three assists, and two rebounds to lead eight players who logged double-digits in scoring in the conquest.
Joseph Marata also went for 15 markers, all coming in the first half, while Ralph Salcedo and Renzo Subido both tallied an identical statline of 12 points and five assists.
At 5-4, the Skippers can complete their huge sail to the playoffs with a victory over AMA Online Education this Thursday, something coach Koy Banal is putting a lot of optimism on.
“Miracles still happen. We’re hoping that we’ll be able to be smart in our preparation so that we’ll be ready for the next level. Who knows, baka magkaroon ulit kami ng miracle,” he said.
Coffee Lovers playing-coach Leo Avenido topped his crew with 24 points while Ken Acibar poured 14 markers and nine rebounds.
It was the Coffee Lovers’ eighth straight defeat.
In the second game, Tanduay kept its slim hopes for an outright semifinals berth alive with a 91-80 drubbing of AMA Online Education.
Collecting their fourth consecutive victory, the Rhum Masters remain in the hunt for the elusive advantage at 7-2. However, they would have to hope that Cignal HD loses to Centro Escolar University on Tuesday and then win their last assignment against Racal Motors on Thursday.
Still, coach Lawrence Chongson would rather focus on Tanduay’s psyche rather than lose sleep on the possible outcomes of the standings.
“Whatever happens, proseso yan. Gusto ko lang mangyari is to build a certain identity, a certain culture kumbaga regardless on who we play against,” the outspoken mentor said.
James Martinez led the Rhum Masters with 14 points and two assists while Renz Palma dropped 11 markers and five dimes.
Jom Sollano also had his best game to date for Tanduay with 10 points and seven rebounds.
Mario Bonleon topscored for the skidding AMA (1-8) with 23 points, but shot 8-of-23 from the field, on top of seven rebounds.
Daniel Salonga chimed in 15 markers while Andre Paras contributed a double-double of 12 points and 12 boards.
MARINERONG PILIPINO 138 – Javelona 16, Marata 15, Salcedo 12, Subido 12, Isip 11, Javillonar 11, Moralde 11, Publico 10, Gumaru 8, Iñigo 8, Sargent 8, Lopez 7, Alabanza 6, Gavieres 3.
GAMBOA COFFEE MIX 69 – Avenido 24, Acibar 14, David 6, Montuano 6, Parala 6, Acuña 3, Padilla 3, Jumao-as 2, Riva 2, Sarangay 2, Arellano 1, Vidal 0.
QUARTER SCORES: 24-16, 57-41, 92-54, 138-69.
TANDUAY 91 – Martinez 14, Palma 11, Sollano 10, Gaco 9, Vigil 9, Alvarez 8, Eguilos 6, Sanga 6, Santos 6, Varilla 6, Tambeling 4, Villamor 2, Taganas 0, Terso 0.
AMA 80 – Bonleon 23, Salonga 15, Paras 12, Alas 10, Magpantay 10, Calma 4, Macaranas 3, Malones 3, Carpio 0, Celso 0, Jordan 0.
QUARTER SCORES: 21-18, 44-35, 65-53, 91-80.
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