MANILA, Philippines – Builders Warehouse-University of Santo Tomas (UST) cruised to its second straight win in the 2020 PBA D-League Aspirants' Cup after a 106-93 demolition of Diliman College, Monday at the Paco Arena in Manila.
Reigning UAAP Most Valuable Player Soulemane Chabi Yo had 24 points, 9 rebounds, and 2 blocks as the Growling Tigers seized an early lead in the conference.
"We told him that he had to exert effort because for the past games, 'di pa nakakalaro ng maayos si Chabi. We told him to play well, makakuha siya ng rhythm niya and he did," said coach Aldin Ayo of his Beninese forward.
Chabi Yo heeded his coach's call as he led the way in their 16-5 start. Builders Warehouse-UST made five of 10 three-pointers in the first quarter to take a 37-18 lead.
The Growling Tigers dominated from there, leading by as many as 30 points in the game. They made 12 three-pointers in total.
Dave Ando notched a double-double with his 14 points and 11 boards, while Rhenz Abando tallied 13 points on a 3-of-9 clip from downtown.
Deo Cuajao scored 11 points, as Zach Huang had 10 points and five rebounds in the win.
Diliman College banked on Senegalese center Abdoulaye Niang, who scored 16 of his 30 points in the failed fourth quarter fightback. He also had 16 rebounds.
Zeus Pedrosa poured 18 points, two boards, and two assists, while Robbi Darang got 13 points and 10 assists in the Blue Dragons' tough conference opener.
BUILDERS WAREHOUSE-UST 106 -- Chabi Yo 24, Ando 14, Abando 13, Cuajao 11, Huang 10, Cansino 9, Nonoy 5, Manalang 5, Asuncion 5, Concepcion 4, Bataller 3, Santos 2, Manaytay 1, Paraiso 0.
DILIMAN COLLEGE 93 -- Niang 30, Pedrosa 18, Darang 13, Enriquez 12, Gob 7, Bauzon 4, De Mesa 4, Sombero 2, Lalica 2, Bajar 1, Ligon 0.
Quarters: 37-18, 58-42, 92-64, 106-93.
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