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PBA DL: Cebuana trips Kera Mix five

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Mo Tautuaa put on a dominant performance as Cebuana Lhuillier cruised to its third consecutive victory, 95-88, at the expense of Kera Mix yesterday in the PBA D-League Foundation Cup at the JCSGO Gym in Cubao, Quezon City.

The 6-foot-7 Tautuaa warmed up early as the Gems opened a 13-2 lead in the first quarter that set the tone of the rout. He had 19 points in the first half, mostly on easy lay-ups, that helped catapult Cebuana to a 55-25 advantage at the break.

Kera Mix struggled offensively the entire game as center Norberto Torres and Tautuaa imposed their size, in the process altering several shots and denying the Mixers easy baskets.

Cebuana coach Boycie Zamar didn’t seem impressed, though.

“The team still lack consistency and character. We had a chance to win convincingly but the team showed a lot of inconsistencies in the second half,” Zamar observed.

“We had a strong start. But we saw a lot of games here in the D-League where fortunes turn around in the fourth quarter. So it’s important for us to be consistent.”

Tautuaa, a US-born Fil-Tongan, finished with a game-high 24 points and grabbed 10 rebounds for his second double-double. He also had five assist and one steal in 30 minutes on the floor.

The Gems also got solid contribution from Simon Enciso, who had 24 points, including 7 of 9 shooting from 3-point range to share scoring honors. Paul Zamar scored 13 points while Allan Mangahas chipped in 11 and six assists for the Gems, who stayed unbeaten in three starts.

The Mixers had a 50-40 advantage on points in the paint and 22-10 edge on fastbreak points but most of them came in the second half when the Gems were already out of reach.

Keith Agovida scored 19 points off the bench as did Jiovanni Jalalon with 14 while Gil Marte and Jessie Saitanan added 10 apiece for the Mixers.

Kera Mix threw everything on Tautuaa and Torres but none succeeded as the Mixers picked up their first loss in three games.