Cignal soars to top spot, whips Victoria


By Dugout Philippines

QUEZON CITY--Cignal-San Beda booked the first quarterfinals seat in the 2017 PBA D-League Aspirants' Cup, routing Victoria Sports-MLQU, 83-68, Tuesday at JCSGO Gym.

Jason Perkins led the fight for the Hawkeyes, registering a double-double of 16 points and 11 rebounds, while Fil-Swede forward Andres Cahilig nabbed a career-high 13 markers and three rebounds in the win.

Robert Bolick also chimed in 12 points, six rebounds, four assists, and two steals, while Byron Villarias got 10.

"Right now, we're happy about it. Our first goal was to make it to the quarterfinals. It's one of our achievements, but still, the boys did a good job. Hopefully, we won't stop here and we continue to improve," said Coach Boyet Fernandez.

Using a 12-3 charge to end the game, the Hawkeyes was finally able to escape the clutches of Victoria, swinging a close 70-65 lead with 5:02 remaining to the 15-point spread.

With its sixth straight victory, Cignal rose up to first place with its 6-1 slate, while also kicking Victoria (1-6) out of the playoff race.

Aris Dionisio paced Victoria with 12 points and five rebounds, while Jayson Grimaldo had 11 markers and 10 boards.

Box Scores:

Cignal-San Beda 83-Perkins 16, Cahilig 13, Bolick 12, Villarias 10, Potts 8, Raymundo 5, Batino 4, Bringas 4, Mocon 4, Arboleda 3, Oftana 2, Tongco 2, Adamos 0, Presbitero 0

Victoria-MLQU 68 - Dionisio 12, Grimaldo 11, Koga 10, Lao 10, Mag-isa 9, Ragasa 5, Ayonayon 4, Herndon 4, Nicholls 3, Bitoon 0, Sorela 0

Quarterscores: 18-21, 36-31, 61-54, 83-68

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