Behind their sizzling duo, the Valencia City-San Sebastian Golden Harvest stayed unbeaten in the 2019 PBA D-League, whipping the Chadao-FEU Tamaraws, 75-53, Monday at Paco Arena in Manila.
RK Ilagan caught fire and drilled four treys in the fourth quarter to top-score for his side with 22 points, 10 rebounds, and four assists. The Golden Harvest remain solo first in the Foundation Group at 2-0.
His hot-shooting allowed the Golden Harvest to deny the Tamaraws after getting to within seven, 56-49, with 7:57 left in the game as they went on a 19-4 blitz to wrap up the game.
“Masyado na talaga siyang nag-mature,” coach Egay Macaraya said of Ilagan. “Sabi ko kanina, silang dalawa ni Allyn (Bulanadi) ang marked men pero nakita niyo yung pasensya. I give credit to the guy.”
Allyn Bulanadi chipped in 16 points and nine rebounds. JM Calma added nine points, eight rebounds, two assists, and two blocks for Valencia-SSCR.
It was a tough defeat to swallow for Chadao-FEU, who also lost center Barkley Ebona to a right knee injury with 1:41 left.
L-Jay Gonzales carried the Tamaraws with 14 points and 10 rebounds, as Ken Tuffin got 10 points.
Valencia-SSCR 75 — Ilagan 22, Bulanadi 16, Calma 9, Villapando 7, Capobres 6, Bonleon 5, Sumoda 4, Dela Cruz 4, Calahat 2, Desoyo 0, Are 0, Altamirano 0, Quiambao 0.
ChaDao-FEU53 — Gonzales 14, Tuffin 10, Ebona 7, Celzo 6, Comboy 5, Jopia 4, Stockton 2, Bienes 2, Bayquin 2, Cani 1, Nunag 0, Tchuente 0, Flores 0.
Quarterscores: 26-10, 43-23, 53-43, 75-53.