Cignal bounces back from slow start to down Tanduay


By Dugout Philippines

PASIG—Not even a slow start could stop Cignal-San Beda from bagging its fifth straight win, as it fended off Tanduay, 85-71, Thursday in the 2017 PBA D-League Aspirants' Cup at Ynares Sports Arena.

Banking on their Red Lions core, the Hawkeyes fought back from an early 17-4 deficit and chucked the lead off before finally snaring a 54-48 edge after three quarters.

It was downhill spiral from there for the Rhum Masters, as Robert Bolick and Pamboy Raymundo provided the final touches in the Cignal victory.

"Again, it's credit to boys. They stepped up our game. We started bad but it was our second group, the San Beda boys, who really stepped up," said coach Boyet Fernandez.

Robert Bolick led the Hawkeyes with 23 points, three rebounds, and three assists, while Pamboy Raymundo got 13 markers.

Javee Mocon also chipped in 10 points, five boards, and two assists to help Cignal improve to 5-1.

"We're happy that we got this win. We really wanted to win this to help us in our positioning at the end of the eliminations. We gave ourselves a chance to close in to that top two," Fernandez said, as the Hawkeyes remained in the race for the automatic semifinal incentives.

Bong Quinto carried Tanduay (3-3) with 20 points, seven assists, and three rebounds, but committed seven turnovers in the defeat.

Box Scores:

Cignal-San Beda 85-Bolick 23, Raymundo 13, Mocon 10, Perkins 9, Potts 9, Villarias 7, Oftana 6, Adamos 2, Arboleda 2, Bahio 2, Bringas 2, Batino 0, Cahilig 0, Tongco 0

Tanduay 71-Quinto 20, Sanga 9, Eguilos 8, Reyes 8, Sollano 8, Cruz 6, Raymundo 5, Santos 2, Stevens 2, Vigil 2, Moralde 1, Palma 0, Varilla 0

Quarterscores: 11-19, 34-33, 54-48, 85-71

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