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PBA D-League: Che'Lu bounces back, Batangas stuns CEU

Che'Lu Bar and Grill got itself back to its old winning ways with an 88-71 drubbing of Marinerong Pilipino for its first win in the 2018 PBA D-League Foundation Cup Monday at Ynares Sports Arena.

Jessie Collado came alive late and scored 10 fourth quarter points that went with four rebounds as last year's runner-up chalked one in the win column.

The Revellers also got significant contributions from veterans Jeff Viernes, who had 14 points, five boards, and four assists, and Jay-R Taganas, who tallied double-double of 12 points and 10 rebounds.

Coach Stevenson Tiu couldn't be more happy with the grit his old reliables showed after laying down the challenge to the team on the heels of Che'Lu's 94-78 defeat to CEU.

"I asked for their commitment, especially from the veterans. I told them they should lead the team and they responded very well," he said. "We played much better compared to our first game because we lacked preparations."

Poise was truly evident on the Revellers' side as Viernes kept his side fighting even after the Skippers took nine-point leads early on in the game.

Che'Lu put everything together after the break, overturning a close 43-38 halftime deficit before outscoring Marinerong Pilipino, 50-28 in the second half.

"Hopefully, this continues," exclaimed Tiu.

Robbie Manalang carried the Skippers (1-1) with 18 points and four assists, while Trevis Jackson had 16 points, six dimes, and five boards.

In the second game, Batangas shocked Centro Escolar University, dealing the fancied squad a 96-90 stunner.

Clark Derige lit up for 28 points and hauled down seven rebounds as the Generals delivered the first upset of the second conference.

Cedric de Joya also chipped in 20 points, four assists, and three boards, while Christian Manalo was a surprise contributor with 18.

"We played as a team and that's what our strength is," said coach Oliver Bunyi.

"When we play individually, it becomes a disadvantage for us. What's important is we were resilient because they didn't give up even if we're under pressure."

Batangas leveled its standing at 1-1, forcing a four-way tie at second place early in the tournament.

A big reason for that is the Generals' running game, zooming to 24 fast break points against the Scorpions' six.

That was pivotal as Batangas staged an 11-4 run to turn a close 78-77 edge to a commanding 89-81 advantage with 3:01 left on the clock.

Pierce Chan carried CEU with 17 points as he went 4-of-8 from threes, while Rich Guinitaran got 16 in the loss.

The Scores:

First Game:

CHE'LU BAR AND GRILL 88 -- Collado 20, Viernes 14, Taganas 12, Bitoon 11, Melano 8, Sta. Ana 6, Mallari 4, Ochea 4, Ng 3, Flores 2, Lao 2, Siruma 2.

MARINERONG PILIPINO 71 -- Manalang 18, Jackson 16, Napoles 13, Tratter 8, Gomez de Lia?o 6, Johnson 5, Toth 3, Ndiaye 2, Medina 0, Santos 0.

Quarters: 19-23, 38-43, 58-57, 88-71.

Second Game:

BATANGAS 96 -- Derige 28, De Joya 20, Manalo 18, Dela Pe?a 7, Tabi 6, Zamora 6, Delfinado 4, Mohammed 3, Guian 2, Mendoza 2, Arim 0, Diolanto 0, Saldana 0, Tilos 0.

CEU 90 -- Chan 17, Guinitaran 16, Formento 12, Oloume 12, Ke. Caballero 11, Rojas 6, Intic 2, Uri 2, Ko. Caballero 0.

Quarters: 27-24, 52-51, 67-71, 96-90.