September 02, 2019

Finally, Stallions break into the win column

MCDAVID-La Salle Araneta spoiled Jonathan Parre?o's 67-point outing as it drubbed Alberei, 147-133, for its first win in the 2019 PBA D-League Foundation Cup Thursday at Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig.

Nigerian center Henry Iloka led the Stallions with 40 points, 17 rebounds, four assists and three blocks in the second-most highest scoring output in league history. BRT Sumisip-St. Clare's set the record earlier by scoring161 points against Black Mamba.

Jobert Medina flirted with a triple-double with 26 points, 10 rebounds, and six assists, while ex-pro James Mangahas had 20 points and six assists.

Eduardo Doroteo also made 17 points, while Kennette Balbuena added 11 markers as the Stallions finally broke into the win column after four consecutive defeats.

"Finally nakaisa na kami," said coach Michael Gonzales. "Credit sa mga bata, kaasi sabi nga namin kaya kami sumali dito para mag-improve sila para sa darating sa NAASCU."

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McDavid-La Salle Araneta was quick to assert control of the match, establishing a wide 47-30 advantage after opening the second quarter with 10 unanswered points punctuated by Mangahas' lay-up.

Alberei would trim the lead to just five, 84-89, in the third, but it would be the closest the Kings could get as the Stallions staged a 25-8 rally en route to a 114-92 edge with less than two minutes left in the quarter.

McDavid-La Salle Araneta led by as many as 23, 140-117, on Doroteo's bucket with 4:15 left to play.

Gonzales, though, pointed out the need to work on the Stallions' defense after Parre?o tied the record for most points scored in the developmental league's history. Eloy Poligrates scored as many points in Marinerong Pilipino's 141-97 conquest of iWalk last August 26.

Parre?o, who had played before in the PBA briefly for Kia, built that scoring feat behind 11 treys, but that wasn't enough to save his side from elimination.

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Paulino Rebollos had 17 points while Mark Tano and Julian Palattao had 11 markers each for Alberei (1-5).

The Scores:

MCDAVID-LA SALLE ARANETA 147 -- Iloka 40, Medina 26, Mangahas 20, Doroteo 17, Balbuena 11, Batungbakal 8, Correche 8, Aquino 6, Pena 6, Briones 5, Lorenzo 0, Esteban 0.

ALBEREI 133 -- Parre?o 67, Rebollos 17, Tano 11, Palattao 11, Yasa 10, Velasquez 9, Diaz 4, Ollano 4, Saldana 0, Perlas 0.

Quarters: 35-30, 71-58, 114-95, 147-133.