Marinerong Pilipino kept its quarterfinal bid alive after clobbering University of Perpetual Help System DALTA, 90-76, in the 2019 Philippine Basketball Association Developmental League (PBA D-League) on Tuesday at the Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig City.
Gab Banal and Santi Santillan led the Skippers to an improved 5-4 record and a chance to snare the remaining playoff berth in the Foundation Group.
Veteran forward Banal posted a double-double of 27 points and 12 rebounds while slotman Santillan finished with a 21-marker, 17-board double-double.
Marinero will sail into the next round should Far Eastern University (5-3) lose to leading Centro Escolar University (CEU) on May 23.
Marinero head coach Yong Garcia was happy to end the season on a two-win streak.
“We’re happy especially with our last two wins,” said Garcia, whose wards beat Metropac-San Beda University, 88-85, in overtime last Thursday.
“Like what our management was telling me, our job is to win our remaining games. I’m glad the players worked hard that’s why we got the job done,” he added.
Art Aquino added 13 points and five rebounds for the Skippers, who shrugged off a slow start.
Marinero erased an early 20-32 disadvantage then notched a 50-36 halftime lead behind Banal and Santillan.
The Skippers kept the lead that ballooned to as high as 20 points, 82-62, on Jed Mendoza’s triple midway through the fourth quarter.
Edgar Charcos led the eliminated Altas (2-6) with 15 points while Jielo Razon and Tonton Peralta had 15 and 13 markers, respectively.
In the second game at press time, CEU (6-1) is eyeing to close in on the top seed with a win over ousted Wangs Basketball (3-5).
JEREMIAH M. SEVILLA
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