Kent Salado became only the third player to register a triple-double, as the Racal Motors Alibaba re-wrote history with a record-setting 140-90 blowout of Zark’s Jawbreakers, Thursday afternoon at the Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig City.
The speedy playmaker did it all for the Alibaba as he registered 11 points, 13 assists, and 10 rebounds in the victory, joining the ranks of BDO-NU’s Bobby Ray Parks and Phoenix’s Mike Tolomia as the only players to achieve the rare feat.
Racal’s 140 points also became the new PBA D-League record for most points scored, erasing the previous record set by Tanduay in their 133-78 clobbering of Topstar ZC Mindanao Aguilas in last season’s Foundation Cup on July 19, 2016.
“Siyempre ang laking achievement nito sa Racal team. I’m happy for them. Maganda yung ganito kasi nakikita na they can score. Depensa na lang ang patitibayin namin,” said coach Jerry Codiñera.
Mac Tallo topped the Alibaba with 26 markers, five assists, three rebounds, while Gwayne Capacio chipped in 23 points.
Roider Cabrera also poured 17 markers built on three treys, while Rian Ayonayon had 13 points, four dimes, and three rebounds.
Racal unleashed their fury early, jumping to a 38-20 first quarter lead and kept their foot on the gas pedal, as the lead ballooned to as high as 54, 140-86, late in the game.
“Di kami complacent kahit na bago yung team na kalaban namin. Sabi ko sa kanila kanina, just be ready sa mga scorers nila because we want to have a good start. Nag-jell na rin kami kahit paano, and nade-develop na kahit paano yung chemistry habang nanalo,” the PBA legend added.
Robby Celiz carried the still-winless Zark’s (0-3) with 28 points, five assists, and four rebounds, while Clark Bautista fired 17 markers in the loss.
Racal will have a 12-day break before their titanic clash against the Cignal HD Hawkeyes on Tuesday, June 20, at 2:00pm. Zark’s, on the other hand, hope to finally break through when they face the AMA Online Education Titans on Monday, June 19, at 12:00nn.
Racal Motors (140) – Tallo 26, Capacio 23, Cabrera 17, Ayonayon 13, Abrigo 11, Mangahas 11. Salado 11, Lozada 8, Apreku 7, Grimaldo 6, Faundo 4, Cortez 2, Bulawan 1, Dela Cruz 0.
Zark’s (90) – Celiz 28, Bautista 17, De Leon 13, Nalos 10, Juruena 6, Mangahas 6, Cudal 4, Cayabyab 3, Sheriff 2, Ferrer 1, Argamino 0.
Quarterscores: 38-20, 66-43, 104-66, 140-90.