Frustrated with how Tanduay dropped its last two outings, coach Lawrence Chongson aired his doubts on the capability of his squad to compete this 2017 PBA D-League Aspirants’ Cup.
“Maybe I don’t have the personnel,” he said on Thursday. “At first when I formed the team, I thought this team will be good enough. Phoenix is gone, Racal has overhauled with a new coach, and coach Boyet (Fernandez) has just returned with Cignal. But maybe I was wrong and maybe, I was caught with picking players who were ex-pros and veterans. I thought I had the materials and I had the weapons, but then, after three losses to the big guns, we seem like we’re a little bit short.”
All of the three Tanduay losses came at the hands of the league’s top teams, losing its season-opener to Cafe France, 83-67, before falling to Racal, 84-80, last week and to Cignal, 85-71, on Thursday.
Though it may seem as a shock to some, Robert Bolick has emerged as a solid cornerstone for Cignal-San Beda this 2017 PBA D-League Aspirants’ Cup.
Under the guidance of coach Boyet Fernandez, the 6-foot-1 guard has been a vital cog so far this conference for the Hawkeyes, averaging 11.2 points, 3.6 rebounds, and 2.8 assists.
And on Thursday, Bolick weaved his magic anew, leading Cignal to an 85-71 victory over Tanduay as he finished with 23 points, three rebounds, three assists, and a block in his 23 minutes on the floor to keep his team at second place with a 5-1 record.
MANILA, Philippines — Not even a slow start could stop Cignal-San Beda from bagging its fifth straight win, as it fended off Tanduay, 85-71, in the PBA D-League Aspirants' Cup at Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig Thursday.
Banking on their Red Lions core, the Hawkeyes fought back from an early 17-4 deficit, steadily trimming the Rhum Masters' lead, before eventually going ahead 54-48 at the end of the third quarter.
It was downhill from there for the Rhum Masters, as Robert Bolick and Pamboy Raymundo provided the final touches in the Cignal victory.
MANILA, Philippines — Café France used a 38-point third quarter outburst to deny Victoria Sports-MLQU's upset bid and claim a 95-84 win in the PBA D-League Aspirants' Cup at Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig on Thursday.
The pair of Paul Desiderio and Rod Ebondo initiated a 17-4 run in the third, enabling Café France to turn a 44-32 halftime deficit into a 49-48 lead.
The Bakers continued to pounce on Victoria, finishing the quarter on top, 70-61 and even leading by as many as 13, 93-80 with three minutes left in the game.
Fil-Am guard Robbie Herndon believes Victoria Sports-MLQU is better than what its team record shows.
“I feel like we should have gotten more wins,” he said.
Victoria suffered another defeat on Thursday, with its 95-84 loss to Cafe France on Thursday, dropping its record to 1-5.
Cignal-San Beda and Cafe France share the second spot, but coaches of both squads think their players have much to learn in the 2017 PBA D-League Aspirants’ Cup.
“We’re still a work in progress,” said Cignal coach Boyet Fernandez.
Fernandez’s Hawkeyes put their four-game winning streak on the line against Tanduay
AMA Online Education sorely missed the presence of star guard Jeron Teng when it almost fell into the hands of winless Blustar Detergent on Tuesday.
“His scoring was really missed,” said coach Mark Herrera.
Teng is a huge part of the Titans’ offensive attack, leading the league with 26.0 points, to go with his 8.7 rebounds and 4.3 assists.