|RK Ilagan took over in the clutch for the Golden Harvest. PBA Media Group|
By Dugout Philippines
MANILA—Valencia City Bukidnon-SSCR stayed unbeaten in the 2019 PBA D-League, whipping Chadao-FEU, 75-53, Monday at Paco Arena.
RK Ilagan caught fire and drilled four treys in the fourth quarter to topscore for his side with 22 points, 10 rebounds, and four assists to move at solo first in the Foundation Group at 2-0.
His hot-shooting allowed the Golden Harvest to deny the Tamaraws after getting to within seven, 56-49, with 7:57 left in the game as they went on a 19-4 blitz to wrap up the game.
"Masyado na talaga siyang nag-mature," coach Egay Macaraya said of Ilagan. "Sabi ko kanina, silang dalawa ni Allyn (Bulanadi) ang marked man pero nakita niyo yung pasensya. I give credit to the guy."
Allyn Bulanadi chipped in 16 points and nine rebounds, while JM Calma added nine points, eight rebounds, two assists, and two blocks for Valencia-SSCR.
It was a tough defeat to swallow for Chadao-FEU, which also lost center Barkley Ebona to a right knee injury with 1:41 left.
L-Jay Gonzales carried the Tamaraws with 14 points and 10 rebounds, as Ken Tuffin got 10 points.
VALENCIA-SSCR 75 -- Ilagan 22, Bulanadi 16, Calma 9, Villapando 7, Capobres 6, Bonleon 5, Sumoda 4, Dela Cruz 4, Calahat 2, Desoyo 0, Are 0, Altamirano 0, Quiambao 0.
CHADAO-FEU 53 -- Gonzales 14, Tuffin 10, Ebona 7, Celzo 6, Comboy 5, Jopia 4, Stockton 2, Bienes 2, Bayquin 2, Cani 1, Nunag 0, Tchuente 0, Flores 0.
Quarters: 26-10, 43-23, 53-43, 75-53.
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