Marinero zooms to sixth spot after 69-point demolition of Gamboa

By Ivan Saldajeno

MANILA--Marinerong Pilipino's late surge in the PBA D-League Foundation Cup continued on Monday with a 138-69 clobbering of Gamboa at the Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig.

The Skippers jumped out of a 24-all tie and buried the hapless Coffee Lovers from there en route to the 69-point blowout, the second-most lopsided win in league history exactly two weeks after the Tanduay Rhum Masters mauled the Zark's Jawbreakers by 76 points.

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“Miracles still happen,” Coach Koy Banal simply said after the win, its fourth straight overall since a sluggish 1-4 start.

Pao Javelona tallied 16 points, while Joseph Marata added 15 for Marinero, which moved up to sixth place in the standings. The top six teams will move on to the playoffs.

Playing Coach Leo Avenido made a game-high 24 markers for Gamboa, which slipped to its eighth straight loss.

Box Scores:

Marinerong Pilipino 138-Javelona 16, Marata 15, Salcedo 12, Subido 12, Isip 11, Javillonar 11, Moralde 11, Publico 10, Gumaru 8, Iñigo 8, Sargent 8, Lopez 7, Alabanza 6, Gavieres 3

Gamboa 69-Avenido 24, Acibar 14, David 6, Montuano 6, Parala 6, Acuña 3, Padilla 3, Jumao-as 2, Riva 2, Sarangay 2, Arellano 1, Vidal 0

Quarterscores: 24-16, 57-41, 92-54, 138-69

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