RACAL came out with all guns blazing in the final period to turn back pacesetter Phoenix, 93-78, Thursday night to keep in step with Tanduay at third spot in the 2016 PBA D-League Foundation Cup at Ynares Sports Arena.
With Jamil Ortuoste and Jonathan Grey on the firing end, the Tile Masters delivered a strong finishing kick to topple the Accelerators and notch their fifth win in seven outings, pulling level with the Rhum Masters who pipped Topstar ZC Mindanao, 84-81, earlier.
Ortuoste, the former San Sebastian standout, finished with 20 points, while Grey, who played for St. Benilde in the NCAA last season, added 19.
Tanduay escaped Topstar ZC Mindanao, 84-81, Thursday in the 2016 PBA D-League Foundation Cup at Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig.
Rudy Lingganay lifted the Rhum Masters with three crucial freethrows in the final minute as Tanduay racked its fifth win in seven games. He paced the Rhum Masters with 15 points, five rebounds, and four assists.
“We’ll take it. A win is a win,” said a relieved coach Lawrence Chongson.
FINALLY finding consistency in its play, pacesetter Phoenix shoots for a sixth straight victory when it tangles with Racal today even as Tanduay Rhum targets solo third in the 2016 PBA D-League Foundation Cup at Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig.
The Accelerators look to follow up their 126-77 beatdown of Topstar ZC Mindanao last Tuesday in the 4 p.m. collision with the Tile Masters who currently share third spot with Tanduay.
The Rhum Masters are also targeting a fifth win in seven games when they battle the winless Aguilas at 4 p.m.
Tanduay evaded a huge upset when it turned back Blustar Detergent, 105-102 in overtime Tuesday in the 2016 PBA D-League Foundation Cup at Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig.
“Siguro tumatagal na rin sila dito and kita naman sa last few games, dumidikit na rin yung mga resulta nila,” said coach Lawrence Chongson. “Iba pa rin yung nakaka-adapt na rin sila.”
Gelo Alolino starred in the thriller with 25 points, six assists, and four rebounds, while JP Belencion added 20 markers and four rebounds for the Rhum Masters.
Rod Ebondo truly was a force to reckon with as he carried Cafe France to a 78-72 victory over Racal in the 2016 PBA D-League Foundation Cup Tuesday at Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig.
The Congolese big man dominated the paint with 22 points and 15 rebounds as the Bakers improved to a 5-1 record.
“The boys played good defense. Racal is a very good offensive team, but maganda ang nilaro ng mga bata and they cannot stop Ebondo,” said coach Egay Macaraya, as Cafe France snapped Racal’s three-game winning run.
Five games into Blustar Detergent’s foray in the PBA D-League, coach Goh Cheng Huat is ecstatic that his locals are finally matching up better against Filipino players.
“Now, they have gotten over the fear of facing the Filipino players. It’s a good sign because now, they won’t get beaten easily,” he said.
After a series of setbacks, the Dragons finally caught a breakthrough and rattled Topstar ZC Mindanao, 89-75, on Thursday for their first win in the 2016 PBA D-League Foundation Cup.
Racal outclassed Tanduay, 96-90, to grab a share of second spot in the 2016 PBA D-League Foundation Cup Thursday at Strike Gym in Bacoor, Cavite.
Kyle Neypes drilled the go-ahead baskets in the final 1:37, including the off the glass trey with 58.1 seconds left to push the Tile Masters’ lead to 92-88.
Raphael Banal padded Racal’s lead with a layup while a missed three from Gelo Alolino in the final minute took the fight out of the Rhum Masters.