Centro Escolar University waylaid Nailtalk-Savio with a 61-point humiliation, 107-46, to ascend to the top of Group A in the 2019 PBA D-League Second Conference, Thursday at Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig.
The Scorpions erupted for 32 points in the opening frame while limiting the Unicorns to just two points, which is the lowest output in a quarter in the developmental league’s history.
Nailtalk-Savio’s first quarter dry spell dislodged Gamboa Coffee from its throne of infamy as the Coffee Lovers scored only three points in the third quarter of its 107-60 defeat to Racal at July 10, 2017 back in that season’s Foundation Cup.
The game would never be in question from then on as CEU cruised to its second win in as many games.
“I was worried that my players might take this game for granted dahil blowout yung first game ni Nailtalk. But they came to play and did not take it for granted,” said coach Derrick Pumaren.
Rich Guinitaran paced the Scorpions bombardment with 19 points and six rebounds.
Senegalese big man Malick Diouf supplied 11 points, 11 rebounds, and three blocks, as Bling Murillo provided 13 points.
Jem De Ocampo had 11 points, while Franz Diaz added 10 markers for CEU, which shot 50-percent from the field and dominated the rebounds, 53-40.
The Scorpions’ suffocating defense forced the opposition to commit 35 turnovers, which they turned to 45 points and also held the Unicorns to just 26-percent clip.
Normel Delos Reyes was the lone bright spot for Nailtalk-Savio with 13 points and six rebounds as it fell to 0-2.
CEU 107 — Guinitaran 19, Murillo 13, Diouf 11, De Ocampo 11, Diaz 10, Abastillas 9, Sunga 8, Tuadles 7, Escalona 7, Santos 6, Tagal 4, Bernabe 2.
Nailtalk-Savio 46 — Delos Reyes 13, Boac 6, Rublico 6, Mienlam 6, R. De Leon 5, Colomot 5, Ibarra 3, Diaz 2, Arellano 0, J. De Leon 0, Ledama 0.
Quarterscores: 32-2, 59-16, 72-36, 107-46.
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