JOLLO Go and Juan Gomez de Liano conspired in steering Marinerong Pilipino to an 86-74 victory over Apex Fuel-San Sebastian for its first win in the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) D-League Aspirants’ Cup on Saturday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.
Go, a third-round selection by Converge in the PBA Season 47 Draft, went 6-of-12 from rainbow country and finished with 23 points, 10 assists, and four rebounds while Gomez de Liano pumped in 20 points, seven boards, and seven assists in his first game back in the country.
Warren Bonifacio chipped in 10 points and six rebounds to lead the charge for the Mapua core.
“We’re happy to get our first win, but there’s still a lot of rooms for improvement,” said coach Yong Garcia as Marinerong Pilipino committed 21 turnovers, including 14 from Go and Gomez de Liano.
Marinerong Pilipino took an early 16-point lead but San Sebastian rallied and chopped the deficit to, 71-67, with 7:01 left.
Marinero’s backcourt duo countered with a 10-0 assault that stretched the lead to 81-67 lead with 2:41 remaining to cruise to the hard-fought win.
In the first game, Michael Phillips was just unstoppable down low, guiding EcoOil-De La Salle to a 30-point blowout of Builders Warehouse-University of Santo Tomas, 112-82.
The Fil-Am forward was a beast in the paint as he finished with 23 points, 13 rebounds, three blocks, and two assists to power the Green Archers to their first win. Five other players scored in double figures.
His brother Ben Phillips collected 16 points, eight boards, and two assists, CJ Austria chimed in 15 points and five rebounds, and Joaqui Manuel tallied a double-double with 13 points, 10 rebounds, and five dimes.
“To be honest, coming into this game I was kind of worried because we’ve been playing with nine to 10 guys. But the boys really played hard and ran the things we’re supposed to run,” De La Salle coach Derick Pumaren said.
EcoOil-De La Salle was ruthless from the get-go, taking the 32-15 opening lead before stretching that spread to its biggest at 36 numerous times in the third frame thanks to its 61-percent field goal shooting.