MANILA, Philippines – Orlan Wamar erupted for 31 points as Centro Escolar University overwhelmed Marinerong Pilipino, 97-79, for its 3rd win in the 2018 PBA D-League Foundation Cup at the Ynares Sports Arena on Monday, June 25.
Wamar shot 7-of-13 from 3-point range, highlighted by 3 straight treys that powered an early 13-2 run the Skippers never bounced back from, to lead the Scorpions, who improved to a 3-2 record.
Pierce Tyron Chan chalked up 19 points while Cameroonian big man Giles Oloume notched a double-double of 16 points and 11 rebounds.
Tempers flared at the beginning of the 4th quarter when Trevis Jackson collided with Wamar in a loose ball play.
An all-out brawl nearly escalated and the head coaches of both teams were slapped with technical fouls shortly after. Marinerong Pilipino’s Jerson Prado received a flagrant call.
Jackson was one of the few bright spots for the Skippers as he finished with an all-around game of 20 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists.
Robbie Manalang and Frankie Johnson chipped in 14 points apiece while Abu Tratter had 12 points and 14 rebounds in the losing effort.
In the earlier game, the Batangas-Emilio Aguinaldo College Generals outlasted the AMA Online Education Titans in a thrilling 97-95 triumph.
Batangas almost squandered a 25-point lead after the Titans trimmed their deficit to one points, 95-96, off an Andre Paras triple with 6.6 seconds left but managed to hold on to the win.
Clark Bautista was lights out from deep – hitting 5 of his 9 3-point attempts – to finish with a game-high 25 points with 5 assists to pace the Generals while Clark Derige scored 20 points thanks to a 4-of-7 clip from downtown.
Earvin Mendoza joined the 3-point party with 3 treys to chip in 11 points while Cedric de Joya had 16 points, including 9 straight markers that sparked a 15-0 run Batangas used to lead 51-31 in the second quarter.
Jason Jordan churned 20 points off an ultra-efficient 10-of-13 shooting to go with 8 boards but those weren’t enough to give AMA, which carry a 0-5 card, its first win.
Irvin Palencia scored 17 on top of 8 assists and 5 steals, Domark Matillano had 17 points and 8 rebounds while Ken Soriano and Owen Graham finished with 15 and 10 points, respectively, in the loss.
Batangas-EAC (97): Bautista 25, Derige 20, De Joya 16, Mendoza 11, Arim 7, Manalo 7, Dela Peña 5, Tabi 4, Mohammed 2, Harris 0, Saldana 0
AMA Online Education (95): Jordan 20, Matillano 17, Palencia 17, Soriano 15, Graham 10, Liwag 8, Paras 5, Garcia 3, Alao 0, Nakpil 0, Serrano 0
Quarter scores: 30-20, 61-38, 79-63, 97-95
CEU (97): Wamar 31, Chan 19, Oloume 16, Fuentes 8, Guinitaran 7, Keanu Caballero 6, Kobe Caballero 6, Intic 2, Rojas 2
Marinerong Pilipino (79): Jackson 20, Manalang 14, Johnson 14, Tratter 12, Napoles 9, Medina 4, Gomez de Liano 2, Prado 2, Thiele 2
Quarter scores: 18-30, 33-48, 52-64, 79-97 – Franco Luna/Rappler.com
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