(The Arena, San Juan)
2 p.m. – CafeFrance vs Wangs
4 p.m. – Tanduay vs AMA University
University of the Philippines- QRS/Jam Liner Finally returned to winning ways as it dumped the cellar dwelling Mindanao, 100-75, to end its two-game losing skid in the PBA D-League Aspirants’ Cup yesterday at The Arena in San Juan.
The Maroons opened the game on 13-0 run behind hulking big man Raymund Aguilar who scattered nine points in the opening salvo.
From then on, the Aguilas never stood a chance as the Maroons padded their lead to as many as 32 points, 71-39, midway through the third period with the old reliables in Juneric Baloria, Gelo Alolino and Kevin Ferrer taking turns at inflicting damage to the hapless Aguilas.
“It’s always good to win a game man. The thing is, there are two or three good teams here and we want to be just a part of the fourth team. We’re just glad to be 3-2 at this point,” said UP consultant Joe Ward.
“To win is a good thing. We learned a good lesson last week playing against Phoenix that if you don’t share the ball, you’re not gonna win,” he added.
The win allowed the Maroons to move to solo fourth place, trailing early leaders CafeFrance, Phoenix and Caida in the standings.
Aguilar finished with 23 points and 15 rebounds in just 22 minutes of action, dominating the smaller Aguilas in the paint. Baloria added 18 points and eight rebounds, Alolino also finished with 18 while Ferrer had 15 points, six rebounds and four assists.
Joy Ignacio finished with 17 markers to lead the Aguilas while Jerome Ferrer added 13 points and seven rebounds for the team which fell to 0-4 in the tournament.
UP-QRS/Jam 100 – Aguilar 23, Baloria 18, Alolino 18, Ferrer 15, Soyud 11, Moralde 6, Batino 4, Dario 4, Neypes 1, Harris 0, Vito 0
MINDANAO 75 – Ignacio 17, Ferrer 13, Argamino 12, Celiz 11, Ontengco 6, Garcia 4, Villanueva 4, Acibar 3, Rivera 3, Jumao-as 2, Nalos 0, Rublico 0, Sarangay 0
Quarters: 23-13; 53-32; 78-47; 100-75