BIG Chill won on its first game after losing two key players from last conference’s squad, downing Hog’s Breath Café, 81-73, on Tuesday in the PBA D-League Foundation Cup at the JCSGO gym in Quezon City.
The Superchargers opened the new conference on a winning note without Reil Cervantes and Jong Baloria, who were part of the team that finished runner-up to NLEX in the Aspirants Cup.
Cervantes, a candidate for the Aspirants Cup MVP, signed with Blackwater Sports during the offseason while Baloria skipped this conference to concentrate on University of Perpetual Help’s preparation for this year’s NCAA campaign.
The other Superchargers stepped up in their absence, never trailing and leading by as many as 21 points.
“So far, the guys are stepping up filling the void left by Jong and Reil. I’m very happy with the way we played defense,” said Big Chill coach Robert Sison.
Jeckster Apinan tallied 18 points and six rebounds, while Dexter Maiquez added 11 points and eight rebounds for the Superchargers. Brian Heruela added 10 points, six rebounds, and four assists.
The Superchargers led early as they posted a 31-10 lead in the second quarter off a three-point play by Mar Villahermosa.
Ex-pro JP Belencion added 11 points for the Razorbacks. The loss spoiled the debut of Mike Buendia, who was promoted as head coach as Caloy Garcia is now holding a position as consultant.
Big Chill (81) – Apinan 18, Maiquez 11, Heruela 10, Canlas 9, Lozada 8, Brondial 8, Villahermosa 7, Celada 5, Miranda 4, Santos 1, Bonifacio 0.
Hog’s Breath Café (73) – Belencion 11, Canta 10, Gabawan 10, Najorda 9, Sanga 8, Ruaya 7, Terso 7, Robles 5, Publico 4, Racal 2, Austria 0, Rios 0, Avillanoza 0, Macasaet 0.
Quarterscores: 23-8; 41-26; 61-50; 81-73.