MANILA, Philippines – Marinerong Pilipino clawed its way back from 18 points down to repulse Batangas-Emilio Aguinaldo College (EAC), 80-74, in the 2018 PBA D-League Foundation Cup at the Ynares Sports Arena on Monday, July 16.
Trevis Jackson finished with 20 points and 6 rebounds, while Jorey Napoles chipped in 10 points and 13 rebounds as the Skippers turned the tide in the final quarter en route to their 5th win in 8 games.
Trailing 52-66, Marinerong Pilipino dropped a 16-4 bomb in the last frame to make it a two-point lead before back-to-back layups from Irven Palencia and Kim Medina marked the team’s first lead of the game since the maiden period, 74-72.
The Skippers, also powered by Robbie Manalang’s 11 points and 3 boards, kept the Generals at bay in the final minutes to secure the win.
“I can’t believe it. [With] positive attitude comes positive results,” said Marinerong Pilipino head coach Koy Banal.
“We prepared well for this game because we know [that] by winning in today’s ball game, we will be able to make it to the playoffs whatever happens,” he added, as team came within a win of entering the playoffs.
The Generals erected a 15-4 run in the first half to gain a 13-point advantage, 37-24, and ended halftime leading 43-33.
“The starters should dictate the tempo, should set the tone. But we were not able to do that, medyo nag-kanya-kanya (they played selfishly),” added Banal.
“The reminder to them in the second half [was] that you will not be in this team if you are not a winner. Winners find a way to win, and that’s what they [did].”
Clark Bautista paced Batangas-EAC with 15 points while Earvin Mendoza contributed 12 points off the bench.
Oliver Arim and Michael Mabulac scored 11 and 8 points, respectively, in the losing effort.
Marinerong Pilipino (80) – Jackson 20, Manalang 11, Napoles 10, Palencia 10, Medina 9, Tratter 7, Johnson 6, Thiele 3, Ndiaye 2, Liwag 2
Batangas-EAC (74) – Bautista 15, Mendoza 12, Arim 11, Mabulac 8, Bulawan 7, Saldana 5, Tabi 4, De oya 4, De Guzman 4, Dela Pena 3, Derige 1
Quarter scores: 18-20, 33-43, 48-65, 80-74
– Carla Molina/Rappler.com
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