Marinerong Pilipino cruised to its fifth straight victory with an 84-62 rout of free falling Jose Rizal University on Monday in the 2018 PBA D-League Aspirants' Cup at JCSGO Gym in Cubao.
"We want to be in the top two, to be in the semis outright. But the important thing here is we need to take care of ourselves and not relax. We want to be better every game."
The Skippers got off to a strong start and never gave the Heavy Bombers an opportunity to get back in the game.
Marinerong Pilipino went 9 of 18 from the field in the first quarter while holding JRU to 5 of 20 shooting to take a 23-11 lead that stayed the rest of the way.
Abu Tratter scored 16 points to show the way for Marinerong Pilipino. Gab Banal aand Renzo Subido tallied 11 points apiece for the Skippers, who caught up with Akari-Adamson second place on even 6-2 record.
"We haven't achieved anything yet," said MArinerong Pilipino coach Koy Banal.
Ervin Grospe led JRU with 16 points.The Heavy Bombers have now lost seven consecutive games and hit the cellar with a 1-7 card.
MARINERONG PILIPINO 84 -- Tratter 16, Banal 11, Subido 11, Pasaol 9, Olivares 8, Robles 8, Toth 6, Ayonayon 5, Ebo?a 4, Babilonia 2, I?igo 2, Lopez 2, Terso 0, Tolentino 0.
JRU 62 -- Grospe 16, Guzman 14, Mendoza 14, Dela Virgen 8, Porter 6, Apinan 2, Sawat 2, Bordon 0, Esguerra 0, Pontejos 0, Silvarez 0, Yu 0.
Quarters: 23-11, 44-34, 68-55, 84-62.