PBA DL: Marinerong Pilipino secures playoff spot

Games Thursday (JCSGO Gym, Cubao)
1:30 p.m. – CEU vs iWalk
3:30 p.m. – Italiano’s vs Black Mamba

Marinerong Pilipino clinched a playoff spot in the 2019 PBA D-League Foundation Cup, defacing Asia’s Lashes Tomas Morato, 73-51, Monday at Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig.

Eloy Poligrates waxed hot with his 5-of-8 shooting from rainbow country as he powered the Skippers with 17 points, five rebounds, and four assists.

The Cebuano showman’s hot-shooting paved the way for Marinerong Pilipino to snag sole leadership in Group A at 4-0, with one win coming from the sudden pullout of Nailtalk-Savio in the developmental ranks.

Eliud Poligrates  guarded by Adrian Celada (PBA Media Bureau)
Eliud Poligrates guarded by Adrian Celada (PBA Media Bureau)

JBoy Solis chipped in 11 points, while JR Alabanza tallied nine points and six boards in the Skippers’ victory.

“Masaya kami, lalo na yung management,” said coach Yong Garcia, with his eyes set now on locking up a top two finish ahead of the quarterfinals.

Things, however, are just about to get harder for the Skippers with a killer schedule against iWalk and CEU up next.

“Kailangan natin paghandaan yung last two games natin. Mate-test talaga kami laban sa iWalk at CEU,” he said.

James Martinez led Asia’s Lashes (2-2) with 13 points on a 3-of-6 shooting clip from threes, while Jeson Delfinado had nine points and four rebounds in the losing cause.

The Scores:
MARINERONG PILIPINO 73 — Poligrates 17, Solis 11, Alabanza 9, Clarito 8, Sara 7, McAloney 7, Yee 6, Diputado 4, Arim 2, Juanico 0, Saguiguit 0.

ASIA’S LASHES 51 — Martinez 13, Delfinado 9, Dela Cruz 7, Alban 7, Apreku 5, Sarao 4, Camacho 2, Gerero 2, Celada 2, Reyes 0, Deles 0, Dumlao 0.

Quarters: 19-10, 38-20, 58-39, 73-51.