NATIONAL University-Banco De Oro finally tasted its first win in the PBA D-League Aspirants Cup when it trounced the Air21-Arellano Chiefs, 97-68, on Monday at the Arellano gym.
Bobby Ray Parks' game-high 20 points was complemented by eight rebounds, six assists, and two blocks and helped lift the Bulldogs to their first win after they started the conference with six straight losses.
Troy Rosario added 18 points, eight rebounds and three blocks for the Bulldogs, whose closest brush with a victory came when they lost a four-point lead in the dying seconds of their match against Big Chill last November 4.
NU-BDO won despite the absence of head coach Eric Altamirano, who is in the United States due to his recruitment commitments with the school. An ultimatum from Altamirano before the game apparently worked for the Bulldogs.
“Mag-three times a day 'ata kami kapag natalo uli,” said visibly relieved NU-BDO assistant coach Joey Guanio.
“It takes away the pressure from them na kailangang manalo,” Guanio said.
Parks scored 11 of the 29 Bulldog points in the third quarter to put away the Chiefs, who only managed to put up 10 points in the period.
Rosario scored 10 markers in the first quarter where NU-BDO established a 23-12 advantage entering the second period.
The Chiefs fell to a 1-7 win-loss record.
NU-BDO (97) – Parks 20, Rosario 18, Villamor 9, Labing-isa 8, Celda 7, Khobuntin 7, Rono 6, Neypes 6, Perez 6, De Guzman 5, Javelona 3, Alolino 2.
Air21-Arellano (68) – Hernandez 12, Ciriacruz 11, Bangga 10, Yaya 7, Nuilan 7, Tayongtong 6, Bartolo 4, Palma 4, Jalalon 4, Fran 3, Arquero 0, Acidre 0.
Quarterscores: 23-12; 47-35; 76-45; 97-68.