EX-PRO Jimbo Aquino scored a game-high 23 points to lift EA Regen Medical Group to an 83-58 win over Hogs Breath Café in its first-ever game in the PBA D-League Foundation Cup at the Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig City.
Aquino poured in 16 points in the second and third periods to lead the Regens pullaway.
The Regens used pressure defense to build a 14-2 run to end the third period with a 65-49 advantage.
The run continued on with five straight points to start the final period for a 70-49 lead and limited Hogs Breath to just nine points to pull off the rousing victory.
“Dumepensa lang kami kaya lumamang pero sa opensa, wala pa,” said EA Regen Medical Group assistant coach Allan Trinidad.
“Sana sa mga susunod na games, makapag-adjust kami sa opensa. Very rusty pa,” said Trinidad, who took over for head coach Vergel Meneses, who attended the graduation of his daughter.
Ian Sangalang provided 12 points but was still groping for form after being released by NLEX to play for EA Regen Medical Group.
“Two days lang siya nag-practice sa amin,” said Trinidad, referring to Sangalang.
The Razorbacks trailed by just four points, 51-47, before the Regens pulled away. The Pampanga-based squad actually racked up 10 straight points to wind up the third canto.
Kevin Racal had 19 points and 12 rebounds for the Razorbacks, who absorbed their second loss after pulling off a stunning opening-game upset victory over Big Chill.
EA Regen (83) – Aquino 23, Sangalang 12, Apinan 11, Bautista 9, Tolentino 8, Miranda 7, Terso 5, Almazan 3, Sanga 2, Maiquez 2, Semira 1, Juico 0, Santos 0, Vitug 0.
Hogs Breath Café (58) – Racal 19, Roy 8, Belorio 7, Malinao 6, Pangilinan 6, Pacquiao 3, Cayabyab 3, Macasaet 3, Eman 2, Lima 1, Robles 0, Rabalo 0, Alguno 0, Morillo 0.
Quarterscores: 26-21; 45-35; 65-49; 83-58.