Marinerong Pilipino spoiled the debut of former pro Mark Cardona as it toppled Zark’s Burger, 119-74, in the 2017 Philippine Basketball Association D-League Foundation Cup on Tuesday at the Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig City.
The Skippers dominated from the get go and never looked back to fan their playoff chances as they improved their win-loss record to 3-4, tying Racal Motors in the team standings.
Paolo Javelona led Marinerong Pilipino with 17 points, seven rebounds and four assists.
John Lopez flirted with a double-double performance of 15 markers and nine boards while Ralph Salcedo, Mark Isip and Chrisian Dave Moralde contributed 12 points each for the Skippers.
“We just want to break their spirit early on. We want to pound them and we want to attack them. So the players responded and then they were up to the challenge,” said coach Koy Banal.
Marinerong Pilipino pulled away early, erecting a 27-15 lead after the first quarter and launched a 12-0 assault to make it 41-18 before settling for a 55-38 halftime advantage.
The Skippers continued their onslaught in the second half en route to a 45-point victory to stay in the race for a quarterfinals seat.
“A lot of things can happen. As an experienced coach, we’ve been there and done that. We can be either in the fourth to sixth places. We just have to keep working hard in the practice,” added Banal.
Robby Celiz carried the Jawbreakers with 16 points and five rebounds while James Mangahas added 12.
Cardona, a former PBA Finals Most Valuable Player, debuted in the D-League with 11 points for Zark’s, which dropped to 1-8.
Marinerong Pilipino 119 – Javelona 17, Lopez 15, Isip 12, Moralde 12, Salcedo 12, Gumaru 11, Publico 11, Alabanza 7, Subido 7, Inigo 5, Gavieres 4, Sargent 4, Javillonar 2, Marata 0.
Zark’s Burger 74 – Celiz 16, Mangahas 12, Cardona 11, De Leon 11, Argamino 9, Nalos 6, Bautista 5, Cudal 4, Cariaga 0, Cayabyab 0, Ferrer 0, Juruena 0, Sheriff 0.
Quarterscores: 27-15, 55-38, 87-57, 119-74.