Now at full strength, the Marinerong Pilipino Skippers pummeled Chadao-FEU, 87-63, for their second win in the 2019 PBA D-League, Tuesday at Paco Arena in Manila.
Jed Mendoza led the uprising. He had six of his 16 points in the third quarter, and also grabbed nine rebounds to guide the Skippers to back-to-back wins.
The Tamaraws fought back from an 11-point halftime deficit, 44-33. They then trimmed the lead down to just four, as Mendoza went on and sparked the 16-3 run for the Skippers. Marinerong Pilipino put up a commanding 60-43 edge with three minutes left in the third frame en route to another blowout win.
Santi Santillan led Marinerong Pilipino with his 19 points, nine rebounds, and two assists. Meanwhile, Anton Asistio wound up with 12 points, built on four treys, on top of two rebounds and two assists.
“Yung mga players ng Marinero, ngayon lumalabas yung extra work nila on their skills. Ine-expect ko talaga na darating yung ganitong games para sa amin,” remarked coach Yong Garcia, as Marinerong Pilipino rose to 2-1 in the Foundation Group.
Laurenz Victoria added 12 for the Skippers, while Matthew Aquino, son of PBA great Marlou, had 10 and five in his season debut.
Alec Stockton was the lone bright spot for Chadao-FEU with his 16 points, six rebounds, and three assists.
The Tamaraws fell to their second straight loss and drop to 1-2.
Marinerong Pilipino 87 — Santillan 19, Mendoza 16, Asistio 12, Victoria 12, M. Aquino 10, Apreku 5, Gamboa 5, Reyes 4, A. Aquino 2, Bonifacio 2, Wamar 0, Serrano 0, Garcia 0, Bunag 0.
Chadao-FEU 63 — Stockton 16, Celzo 12, Bienes 8, Cani 7, Tuffin 5, Comboy 5, Gonzales 4, Bayquin 2, Nunag 2, Senining 2, Roman 0, Jopia 0, Mallari 0, Dulatre 0, Tchuente 0.
Quarterscores: 23-16, 44-33, 63-49, 87-63.