By Dugout Philippines
QUEZON CITY—Batangas blasted Blu Detergent to score a 92-68 rout and score back-to-back wins in the 2017 PBA D-League Aspirants' Cup Tuesday at JCSGO Gym.
Dan Sara steered the Batanguenos' second period breakaway, firing nine in the team's 27-point explosion and grab a 46-30 halftime advantage. They would extend the lead to as much as 24, 82-58, with six minutes remaining in the fourth quarter.
Joseph Sedurifa topped Batangas with 21 points, 12 rebounds, and four assists, while Sara had 14 markers, nine assists, and four boards to improve to a 3-4 slatez
Cedrick Ablaza also registered a double-double of 13 points, 14 rebounds, and four steals in the win.
"Syempre kung kaya manalo, ipapanalo. But we're not in a hurry. Lahat ng nangyayari sa amin, bonus na lang," said coach Eric Gonzales, as his focus remains wrested on improving the squad rather than the team's progress this conference.
"Kung titingnan mo yung playoff as a goal, our next game against Tanduay is a make or break. But for us, we're happy with what we have right now, we try to improve on that, and what we improved on, we'll try to build on that pa."
Tristan Perez led Blustar with 19 points and seven rebounds, while Jason Melano got 17 markers, eight boards, three assists, and two blocks in the defeat.
The loss sent the Dragons to its sixth straight setback, and is now eliminated from the tourney.
Batangas 92-Sedurifa 21, Sara 14, Ablaza 13, Dela Pena 9, Isit 9, Mangabang 8, Andrada 4, De Joya 4, Laude 4, Ada 2, Fortu 2, Inciong 2, Lascano 0
Blu 68-Perez 19, Melano 17, Liaw 12, Mak 6, Kwaan 6, Ong 5, Choong 2, Ang 1, Gan 0, Heng 0, Kamalrulzaman 0, Liew 0, Mokles 0, Chin 0
Quarterscores: 19-13, 46-30, 72-56, 92-68
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