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Caida, UP-QRS-Jam score blowout wins to go 2-0

By Dugout Philippines

PASIG--Caida continued to flex its muscle, this time blasting AMA late to take a 103-84 victory and remain unbeaten in the 2016 PBA D-League Aspirants' Cup Tuesday at Ynares Sports Arena.

Leaning behind the efforts of top pick Jason Perkins and Jonathan Grey, the Tile Masters closed the game out on a 22-6 tear to secure the game for good.

Perkins fared better in his second game, pouring nine of his team-high 16 points in the payoff period, alongside five rebounds, while Grey filled up the stat sheet with 11 markers, six boards, five assists, and two steals. Joseph Terso also had 12 in the win.

"We were lucky that this was AMA's first game and the first half was a learning process for them," said Caida coach Caloy Garcia. "The nice thing is yung confidence ng players, hindi nawala and they worked hard for it."

Caida lost its 17-point edge, 57-40 as the Titans crawled back and cut the lead down to three, 81-78 midway in the fourth thanks to Jerramy King, Gab Dagangon, and Rashawn McCarthy. However, the Tile Masters had an answer in the form of the 22-6 finishing kick to cruise to their second win in as many tries.

McCarthy led AMA with 16 points and six rebounds, while King had 14 markers, five boards, and four assists. Dagangon and Jammer Jamito both had 10 in the defeat.

In the second game, UP-QRS-Jam cruised to a 102-86 victory against Tanduay to preserve its immaculate slate.

Kevin Ferrer captained the balanced attack with 19 points, four rebounds, and four assists, while Paul Desidero got 16 markers, as the Maroons slowly pulled away from the Rhum Masters.

"Basta naglalaro lang kami at ine-enjoy lang yung laro. Wala namang pressure kasi malalakas din yung mga kalaban. Basta pagtatrabahuan namin yung bawat game namin," said Ferrer.

Sustaining a 10-point cushion throughout the second half, UP turned the tight game to a blowout late, firing a 15-4 run which gave it a 21-point lead, 98-77 in the final two minutes of the game.

"Di pa 100-yung pinapakita ng team, pero 80-percent nagbe-blend na yung mga bago sa team. Yung depensa namin, yun ang nape-perfect na nila," said UP-QRS-Jam coach Bert dela Rosa, who bared that team consultant Joe Ward collapsed last night and was taken to Capitol Medical Center for further evaluation.

Michole Sorela also got 12 points and seven boards for UP, while Kyle Neypes wound up with 12.

Ryan Wetherell once again led Tanduay with 19 points, six rebounds, and four assists, but his efforts still weren't enough to save the Rhum Masters from falling for the second straight game.

Box Scores:

First Game:

Caida 103-Perkins 16, Terso 12, Grey 11, Jalalon 10, Javier 9, Robles 9, Nambatac 8, Cabrera 6, Lozada 6, Maiquez 6, Pascual 5, Pasculado 3, Corpuz 2, Gabawan 0

AMA 84-McCarthy 16, King 14, Dagangon 10, Jamito 10, Romero 8, Tampus 8, Balucanag 7, Dela Cruz 5, Sargent 4, Hernandez 2, Arambulo 0, Carpio 0, Castro 0, Jordan 0

Quarterscores: 34-21, 52-40, 74-65, 103-84

Second Game:

UP-QRS-Jam 102-Ferrer 19, Desiderio 16, Neypes 12, Sorela 12, Aguilar 9, Soyud 9, Batino 8, Baloria 6, Moralde 6, Alolino 3, Harris 2, Asilum 0, Dario 0, Vito 0

Tanduay 86-Wetherell 19, Eriobu 13, Gotladera 12, Celda 9, Javillonar 9, Belencion 8, Pessumal 5, Lingganay 4, Llagas 4, Koga 3, Santos 0, Tagarda 0

Quarterscores: 21-13, 37-34, 74-63, 102-86

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