Cignal gores Tanduay, seals finals clash with Racal


By Ivan Saldajeno

PASIG—It's Racal versus Cignal-San Beda in the PBA D-League Aspirants Cup Finals.

The Hawkeyes bucked a slow first quarter to blast the Tanduay Rhum Masters, 88-65, in the other knockout semifinal at the Ynares Sports Arena on Tuesday night.

The Hawkeyes outscored the Rhum Masters, 29-13, in the second quarter to turn an 11-18 deficit to a 40-31 halftime lead and never looked back to earn the right to face the Tile Masters, who won in the first do-or-die game earlier Tuesday.

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Pamboy Raymundo led Cignal with 17 points, five rebounds, five assists, and one steal, while Jason Perkins added a double-double of 12 points and 10 rebounds alongside two assists and one block.

Jerwin Gaco had 15 marker and eight boards for Tanduay.

Game 1 of the best-of-three finals will happen on Thursday at the said venue.

Box Scores:

Cignal-San Beda 88-Raymundo 17, Mocon 15, Perkins 12, Villarias 10, Bolick 8, Adamos 7, Potts 5, Bringas 4, Arong 3, Arboleda 3, Cahilig 2, Oftana 2, Batino 0, Tongco 0

Tanduay 65-Gaco 15, Cruz 13, Varilla 12, Eguilos 10, Palma 7, Sanga 6, Santos 2, Alvarez 0, Cenal 0, Quinto 0, Stevens 0

Quarterscores: 11-18, 40-31, 68-44, 88-65

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