Tanduay showed no mercy and pulverized Zark’s Burgers, 141-65, in the 2017 PBA D-League Foundation Cup, and in the process, shattered two entries in the history books Monday at Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig.
With the Rhum Mas-ters’ guns ablaze, they have gotten the new record for most points scored at 141, erasing the 140-point wind-up Racal Motors had against the very same Jawbreakers crew last June 8, while also claiming the biggest win-ning margin at 76-points, blasting Cignal HD’s 67-point winning spread versus Gamboa Coffee Mix last June 15.
Coach Lawrence Chongson, though, argued that his players were just at the right place at the right time as Tanduay sought to rebound from its 104-89 defeat to Flying V last Thursday.
“Nagkataon lang na nagkaroon kami ng strong start. Galing kami sa talo at ang iniisip lang namin, magkaroon ng momen-tum going on Thursday against Batangas,” said the outspoken mentor.
Jerwin Gaco kick-started the pullaway early, dropping 14 of his 21 points in the opening frame as the Rhum Masters jumped to a 35-6 advantage to close the period and set the tone for the rest of the game. The veteran forward also hauled down eight rebounds and dished out three assists.
James Martinez, also a PBA D-League record-holder for most points scored, caught fire from downtown as he shot 5-of-8 from beyond the arc to wound up with 23 markers, nine assists and two boards.
Paul Sanga chimed in 20 points and four rebounds, including the record-setting undergoal stab in the dwindling seconds of the game, while Paul Varilla had 15 markers and eight boards.
With the game seemingly looking like a glorified lay-up lines, all 14 players who checked in the game for Tanduay were able to log at least two points in the victory.
Still, Chongson refused to be blinded with the record-setting feat.
“Hindi mahalaga yung record para sa amin. Balewala yan if we don’t make it to the next round. The only record na gusto namin is mag-champion,” he said.
The Rhum Masters forced themselves in a three-way logjam at third place with CEU and Batangas, all touting an identical 4-2 record.
Robby Celiz topscored for Zark’s Burgers with 13 points, three rebounds, and two assists, while Jerome Ferrer had 12 markers and four boards.
The Jawbreakers suf-fered their fourth straight setback and further fell down the pipeline at 1-7.
In the second game, Racal Motors forced Gam-boa Coffee Mix to set two records for futility with a 107-60 beatdown.
Shaking off their first half struggles, the Alibaba locked down on defense and held the Coffee Lovers to just three points in the third quarter, which is now a league record for least points scored in a period, and limited them to just 13 points for the second half, also a record for least points in a half.
That allowed Racal to overturn a 47-45 halftime deficit to a comfortable 71-50 advantage and a 47-point win.
“For now, it’s a good springboard for us. It gives us a lot of positivity and well build on that,” said coach Jerry Codiñera.
TANDUAY 141 – Martinez 23, Gaco 21, Sanga 20, Varilla 15, Alvarez 11, Villamor 10, Eguilos 9, Vigil 9, Terso 7, Santos 5, Sollano 5, Palma 2, Taganas 2, Tambeling 2.
ZARK’S BURGERS 65 – Celiz 13, Ferrer 12, Bautista 11, De Leon 10, Cudal 6, Cariaga 5, Mangahas 5, Nalos 2, Argamino 1, Cayabyab 0, De Ocampo 0.
Quarters: 35-6, 58-29, 95-45, 141-65.
RACAL MOTORS 107 – Ayonayon 26, Tallo 16, Cortes 11, Apreku 11, Pontejos 10, Gomez 8, Capacio 7, Grimaldo 6, Faundo 5, Lozada 5, Ortuoste 2, Mangahas 0, Dela Cruz 0, Cabrera 0.
GAMBOA COFFEE MIX 60 – Montuano 13, Parala 12, Avenido 10, Padilla 8 Acibar 7, Arellano 4, Acuña 3, Knuttel 2, Dadjilul 1, David 0, Riva 0, Vidal 0, Jumao-as 0.
Quarters: 24-20, 45-47, 71-50, 107-60.