BATANGAS doused Marinerong Pilipino's last-gasp surge to score a 92-82 win in their PBA D-League Foundation Cup opener at the JCSGO Gym in Cubao on Tuesday.
Joseph Sedurifa fired 17 points and took charge for Batangas to take an early 15-point lead in the payoff period, 81-66.
But the Seafarers fought back, moving to within eight on Jeff Javillonar's basket, 82-90, with 1:57 left.
CJ Isit then sank a pair of free throws for Batangas before a couple of turnovers by Javillonar shut the door on the Seafarers.
Cedric De Joya had 14 points, including a clutch triple in the final stretch, while Earvin Mendoza added 11 for Batangas.
"We really wanted na makilala kami as a defensive team kasi di kami talaga magagaling offensively," said Batangas coach Eric Gonzales.
Paolo Javelona paced the Seafarers with 18 points and four rebounds.
Julian Sargent and Javillonar combined for 27 markers, while Achie Iñigo and Rey Publico had 10 points apiece.
Batangas (92) - Sedurifa 17, De Joya 14, Mendoza 11, Ablaza 9, Anderson 8, Isit 8, Saitanan 7, Dela Pena 6, Ragasa 6, Bautista 2, Laude 2, Mangabang 2, Mag-isa 0, Napoles 0.
Marinerong Pilipino (82) - Javelona 18, Sargent 15, Javillonar 12, Inigo 10, Publico 10, Alabanza 7, Moralde 6, Isip 4, Nicholls 0, Meca 0, Marata 0, Lopez 0.
Quarterscores: 25-24, 49-43, 72-63, 92-82.