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Batangas eliminates Racal from PBA D-League playoff race

MANILA, Philippines -- Batangas closed in on a playoff seat and eliminated Racal Motors, 95-90, in the PBA D-League Foundation Cup on Thursday at the Ynares Sports Arena.

With Joseph Sedurifa being called up by Meralco in the PBA, coach Eric Gonzales put much of the responsibility on his veterans to help the Batangueños nab their fifth win in eight games.

Batangas is nearing a spot in the D-League playoffs. Richard Esguerra, ABS-CBN Sports
Jessie Saitanan led Batangas with 19 points and six rebounds, while Jhaps Bautista added 18 markers, powered by three treys, eight boards, four assists, and two steals in the win.

Cedrick Ablaza also tallied a double-double with 17 points and 10 rebounds, while draining the game-clinching freebies with 10.8 seconds to play.

“I’m very thankful kay God for helping us sustain this game and thankful ako sa mga players na kahit wala si Joseph, sabi ko gawin natin siyang inspirasyon. We are better together so masaya ako na nagrespond sila,” said Gonzales.

Paolo Pontejos kept Racal in the game in the last three minutes and even sliced the deficit down to two, 92-90 with 31.9 ticks remaining, but Ablaza was there to ice the duel for Batangas. Gwynne Capacio botched his late trey to end the rally for Racal in the closing seconds.

Source: http://news.abs-cbn.com/sports/07/20/17/batangas-eliminates-racal-from-pba-d-league-playoff-race

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