|Mike Calisaan led Che'Lu-San Sebastian's charge. PBA Media Bureau|
By Dugout Philippines
PASIG--Michael Calisaan poured 20 points as he captained newcomer Che’Lu Bar and Grill-San Sebastian to a decisive 83-70 win over Perpetual to start its voyage in the 2018 PBA D-League Aspirants’ Cup Monday at Pasig City Sports Center.
Doing it all for the Revellers, the veteran forward provided the stability for his side as he shot 8-of-15 from the field while also hauling down nine rebounds, two assists, and two steals in the conference-opening win.
But it wasn’t all Calisaan as Che’Lu got contributions from all over its roster.
Samboy de Leon chimed in 16 markers and nine boards, RK Ilagan went 2-of-5 from threes to collect 13 points, eight dimes, and three rebounds, while big men Alfred Batino and Jeepy Faundo combined for 20 in the victory.
Despite the triumph, coach Stevenson Tiu gave all the praise to his players noting the team’s lack of time preparing for the tourney.
“Nanalo kami dahil sa talent ng players. Medyo mali ko rin kasi nahirapan pa ako mag-adjust sa players. Hopefully, we play much better in the coming games,” he said.
The Revellers used a 16-4 run to finally break away from the Altas, taking a 77-60 lead with 4:03 to play as they punished their foes for their turnovers, turning Perpetual’s 30 miscues to 28 points in their favor.
Prince Eze anchored the Altas with 15 points, 11 rebounds, and seven blocks in their first game under new head coach Frankie Lim.
Che'Lu-San Sebastian 83—Calisaan 20, De Leon 16, Ilagan 13, Batino 10, Faundo 10, Bulanadi 6, Costelo 6, Calma 2, David 0, Lao 0, Santos 0, Valdez 0
Perpetual Help 70—Eze 15, Coronel 13, Villanueva 13, Jimenez 9, Charcos 7, Peralta 7, Gallardo 5, Pido 1, Antonio 0, Aurin 0, Tamayo 0, Tongco 0
Quarterscores: 17-22, 34-38, 59-53, 83-70
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