Chris Bitoon was at it again, leading the third quarter barrage for the Che’Lu Revellers, as they went on to claim the head of the Batangas-EAC Generals, 78-57, in the 2018 PBA D-League Foundation Cup Thursday at Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig.
The shifty guard from St. Clare got things going for the Revellers in the third period, unloading eight of his 19 points in the period ,as they turned the game around from a slim 37-36 deficit to a decisive 60-44 advantage at the end of the frame thanks to a killer 24-7 onslaught.
Jeff Viernes also had six of his nine points from that third quarter storm, on top of his four rebounds, five assists, and three steals.
As was the case last game, the Che’Lu frontcourt were also as potent as their guards, with Jay-R Taganas and Stephen Siruma both collecting nine points and seven boards. Jason Melano tallied eight points, 10 rebounds, and two blocks.
It was a strong showing from the Revellers, who showed no remorse even after breaking the game wide open in the third canto, continuing on the attack to finish off the Generals by 21 points.
Their performance a smile on coach Stevenson Tiu’s face, as he said: “Hopefully, sana ganoon pa rin ang laruin namin sa malalakas na teams, na same intensity pa rin kami.”
Che’Lu scored their third consecutive victory to sit in solo second place with a 3-1 record, while sending Batangas-EAC down the standings at 1-3.
Earvin Mendoza topped the Generals with 13 points, while Clark Derige and Christian Manalo shot 12 apiece.
Che’Lu 78 — Bitoon 19, Siruma 9, Taganas 9, Viernes 9, Lao 8, Melano 8, Collado 7, Sta. Ana 6, Ochea 3, Flores 0, Mallari 0.
Batangas-EAC 57 — Mendoza 13, Derige 12, Manalo 12, De Joya 10, Dela Peña 4, Tabi 4, Harris 2, Arim 0, Delfinado 0, Diolanto 0, Guiang 0, Mohammed 0, Saldana 0.
Quarterscores: 15-23, 32-30, 60-44, 78-57.