MANILA, Philippines -- SMDC-NU finally barged in the win column in the 2019 PBA D-League, thanks to a 107-75 demolition of CD14 Designs-Trinity on Monday at the JCSGO Gym in Cubao.
John Lloyd Clemente sparked the Bulldogs' strong start, scoring 12 of his 18 points in the first half as NU raced to a 29-11 lead in the first quarter.
Dave Ildefonso came alive in the third period, scoring 10 of his 18 points in the frame while also grabbing 7 rebounds. Older brother Shaun added 17 points and 9 boards.
It was the Bulldogs' first win in six tries, keeping them in the running for a Top 4 spot in the Foundation Group.
"In the first three games, rather than developing, we're more regressing. But we got ourselves together in the past games and you could see the talent and the upside of this team. Hopefully by us joining the D-League, it will be beneficial for us in the long run," said coach Jamike Jarin.
John Galinato collected 10 points, while Senegalese center Issa Gaye had 8 points, 8 rebounds and 3 blocks.
SMDC-NU led by as much as 35 points in the fourth quarter.
Kimley Medina led the White Stallions with 16 points and four rebounds, as Michael Canete got 14 points, seven boards, and seven blocks in the defeat.
The loss dropped Trinity to 0-6, putting them out of the race for a Top 4 spot in its group.
SMDC-NU 107 -- Clemente 18, D. Ildefonso 18, S. Ildefonso 17, Galinato 10, Gaye 8, Chatman 7, Minerva 6, Oczon 4, Diputado 4, Gallego 4, Salim 4, Rangel 3, Sistoza 2, Mangayao 2, Sinclair 0.
CD14 DESIGNS-TRINITY 75 -- Medina 16, Canete 14, Balucanag 9, Vitug 7, Reyes 6, Montero 5, Juanico 5, Nidoy 5, Dela Cruz 3, Tayongtong 3, Albarico 2, Ingel 0, Juico 0.
Quarters: 27-11, 58-37, 80-59, 107-75.
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