The Alberei Kings finally broke through in the 2019 PBA D-League Second Conference, averting an early 10-point meltdown to defeat Italiano’s Homme, 61-51, Thursday at Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig.
Jomari Lacastesantos flirted with a triple-double, as he led the Kings with 15 points, 10 rebounds, and eight assists.
Ex-pro Jonathan Parreño supplied 12 points, six rebounds, and three assists. Meanwhile, Paulino Rebollos chimed in a double-double with 11 points and 10 rebounds in the victory.
“I’m glad na nakuha namin,” said coach Jayson Cariaga, as his side improved to 1-4 in Group B.
Alberei had control of the match after building a 19-9 lead early in the second period. Italiano’s Homme then fought back and ended the third canto with a 9-0 blitz to grab a 37-34 lead.
But the Kings were too determined not to let the game slip away. They responded aptly in the final period, unloading a 7-2 spurt to turn a five-point lead to a 57-47 lead with 2:56 left to play.
Marlon Monte had 11 points and eight rebounds to lead Italiano’s Homme, who absorbed their third straight defeat and fell to 1-3.
Mar Villahermosa was the only other double-digit scorer for Italiano’s Homme with 10 markers.
Alberei 61 –– Lacastesantos 15, Parreno 12, Rebollos 11, Tano 7, Palattao 4, Diaz 4, Ollano 4, Velasquez 4, Tomilloso 0, Perlas 0.
Italiano’s Homme 51 — Monte 11, Villahermosa 10, Munsayac 6, Bonsubre 6, Pontejos 6, Neypes 5, Roy 4, Gozum 3, Cenal 0, Racho 0.
Quarterscores: 14-9, 30-22, 34-37, 61-51.