Big Chill and Cebuana Lhuillier both claimed their second wins to tie Blackwater for the early lead in the PBA D-League Aspirants Cup in Thursday’s action at the Trinity University of Asia Gym.
Big Chill dealt RnW Pacific Pipes a disappointing opening game as the Superchargers trounced the Steelmasters, 70-48, in the first game.
The Gems, meanwhile, romped past DUB Unlimited, 85-72, following their opening game victory over Cobra Energy Drink last week.
The Superchargers banked on Raffy Reyes and Thomas Tan to pull away after Steelmasters kept the game within distance during the second quarter.
Reyes had a game-high 17 points, including 11 in the pivotal third quarter. Tan added seven points as a 26-12 advantage gave the Superchargers a huge 56-33 advantage going into the fourth period.
Big Chill’s 35 percent clip from the field against RnW’s 29 percent (17 of 58) also allowed the Superchargers to muster a big lead in the second half.
“Maganda lang ang shooting namin. Hopefully matuloy-tuloy na ito dahil nakita ko na ‘yung gusto naming takbuhin sa team,” said Big Chill coach Arsenio Dysangco.
Jessie Collado and Alex Mallari chipped in 11 points for Big Chill with Mallari hauling down 10 rebounds as the Superchargers had a 52-44 advantage in that category.
RnW Pacific Pipes head coach Topex Robinson, who is also Alaska’s assistant mentor, missed the team’s first game of the conference because he flew to Cebu for the Aces’ match against Petron on Saturday.
Kevin Racal had 10 points while Jim Viray and Jovit Dela Cruz added seven points each for the Steelmasters.
The Gems used an 11-0 run led by ex-pro Jai Reyes, James Mangahas and Kevin Alas to go ahead, 55-41, with 3:09 left in the game.
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