ALBEREI finally broke through in the 2019 PBA D-League Foundation Cup, 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, while 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 actually taken control of the match after building a 19-9 lead early in the second period, but Italiano’s Homme 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, which absorbed its 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.
Quarters: 14-9, 30-22, 34-37, 61-51.