BORACAY Rum overcame a 19-point deficit to beat Cagayan Valley, 79-69, on Monday in the PBA D-League Foundation Cup at The Arena in San Juan.
The Waves rallied from 22-41 down in the second quarter with a 27-12 splurge in the third period to get their new campaign off to a winning note.
The third quarter run included a 7-0 finish entering the fourth for a 61-55 advantage. Roider Cabrera then hit back-to-back triples to start the fourth for Boracay’s biggest lead at 76-55.
“I’ll take it (this win),” said Boracay Rum coach Lawrence Chongson. “Kesa lumamang ng malaki at habulin kami.”
“Siguro pumasok sa amin ’yung may mga bagong players kami kaya slow start. Test of character na rin na nakabalik kami,” said Chongson, whose team faces five-time champion NLEX on Thursday.
Chris Banchero led the Waves with 22 points while Rudy Lingganay, one of four new players in the line-up, had 12 markers.
Abel Galliguez converted a triple for the surging Rising Suns for a 41-22 lead with three minutes left in the second quarter. Boracay Rum, however, closed the first half with a 12-2 tear to cut the deficit to nine points, 43-34.
“Medyo nahimay na ’yung role ng mga players especially sa defense, na-klaro nung halftime,” said Chongson.
John Foronda had 15 points for the new-look Cagayan Valley squad that has seven new players this conference.
Boracay Rum (79) – Banchero 22, Lingganay 12, Sabellina 10, Taha 10, Cabrera 9, Belo 6, Tagarda 4, Ignacio 3, Caperal 3, Siruma 0, Bautista 0, Eguilos 0, Ilagan 0, Rono 0.
Cagayan Valley (69) – Foronda 15, Galliguez 14, Gomez 10, Vidal 9, Collado 8, Ighalo 7, Casajeros 6, Olivares 0, Gatchalian 0, Melano 0, Alabanza 0, Bangga 0.
Quarterscores: 11-24; 34-43; 61-55; 79-69.