S'chargers, Gems force four-way tie
MANILA, Philippines - Cebuana Lhuillier rode on a big fourth quarter run to turn back Derulo Accelero, 90-86, while Big Chill held off a rallying Cagayan Valley, 72-66, to force a four-way tie for the lead in the PBA D-League Foundation Cup at The Arena in San Juan.
Bambam Gamalinda scored 11 of his game-high 22 points in the final period to highlight the Gems’ fightback from 14 points down, putting Cebuana in step with idle NLEX and Café France on top of the standings.
Paul Zamar also scored 22 points, including four triples, to share scoring honors with Gamalinda while James Martinez added 18 markers and Alvin Padilla and Marcy Arellano contributed 12 points apiece.
Big Chill, on the other hand, used a 16-0 run in the second quarter to overcome a 10-point deficit and post a 24-18 lead. The Superchargers never trailed from there.
Rodney Brondial dished out a double-double job of 12 points and 16 rebounds as the Superchargers held sway in the last two quarters to join the Road Warriors, the Bakers and the Gems at the helm.
Cagayan Valley coach Alvin Pua was ejected 10 minutes into the fourth quarter for three quick technical’s for profane language and continuous complaining.
Lord Casajaros scored 15 points for the Rising Suns, who fell to 0-2 in a tie with the Oilers.
In other game, Jumbo Plastic pounced on defending champion Blackwater Sports’ poor form and score a 76-68 victory to even its card at 1-1.
Jopher Custodio scored 14 of his 19 points in the first half and Jason Ballesteros pulled down 11 rebounds as the Giants bounced back from a 54-60 loss to the Gems last week.