MANILA, Philippines -- (UPDATED) EcoOil-La Salle secured the 2022 PBA D-League Aspirants' Cup championship after a comfortable 91-78 victory over Marinerong Pilipino, Wednesday at the Araneta Coliseum.
The Green Archers weathered a 30-point explosion from D-League Most Valuable Player Juan Gomez de Liano in the do-or-die Game 3 of the finals series.
Four players scored in double-digits for La Salle, with Schonny Winston contributing 16 points and Michael Phillips putting up 15 points and 16 rebounds.
Evan Nelle had 13 points, and Mark Nonoy came off the bench to score 15 markers. The Green Archers forced Marinerong Pilipino into 20 turnovers -- Gomez de Liano alone had nine -- and translated them to 23 points.
"We got to want it and want it more and the boys showed it," said coach Derick Pumaren, who finally ascended to the top of the ranks after a runner-up finish to Centro Escolar University in the 2019 Aspirants' Cup.
La Salle also had a massive 55-36 rebounding advantage, and their 29 offensive rebounds led to 33 second-chance points.
But the Green Archers encountered resistance from the Skippers late, as what was once a 21-point lead was trimmed down to nine points midway through the fourth period. But CJ Austria scored eight of the team's final 12 points to close the conference out.
"As I told the boys kanina, this is part of the program, this is part of the process. If we're gonna bring our A-game, we got to bring it in today's game," said Pumaren.
Adrian Nocum had 18 points to help Gomez de Liano. Jollo Go failed to finish the game after he was ejected for a low blow on Ben Phillips at the 8:53 mark of the third period.
ECOOIL-LA SALLE 91 -- Winston 16, M. Phillips 15, Nonoy 15, Nelle 13, Austria 8, Manuel 7, Quiambao 6, Nwankwo 6, B. Phillips 5, Macalalag 0.
MARINERONG PILIPINO 78 -- Gomez de Liano 30, Nocum 18, Gamboa 12, Soberano 7, Manlangit 5, Carino 2, Go 2, Pido 2, Bonifacio 0, Bonsubre 0, Agustin 0.
Quarters: 25-19, 51-36, 74-57, 91-78.