JIMBO Aquino and Raymund Almazan had 19 and 14 points, respectively, Ian Sangalang scored a big basket late, and EA Regen Medical Group won its second game in a row defeating Cebuana Lhuillier, 73-69, on Monday in the PBA D-League Aspirants Cup at The Arena in San Juan.
Sangalang put the Regens on top for good with a basket off an Almazan’s miss, 70-69, with 55 seconds remaining as the team won its second straight game since former deputy Allan Trinidad started calling the shots from the sidelines in place of Vergel Meneses.
On the next possession, a 24-second shotclock violation was called to Cebuana Lhuillier, leading to an Almazan basket that sealed the Regens' third win in five games, which tied them with defending champion NLEX.
EA Regen actually closed the game with a 15-4 run after Cebuana Lhuillier built a 64-58 lead midway in the fourth quarter.
“Hindi nila ma-solve ‘yung trap at zone namin kaya nakabalik kami at na-control ‘yung game,” said Trinidad.
Almazan also hauled down 11 rebounds and blocked three shots. Sangalang added nine boards and two blocks for the Regens.
Alvin Padilla scored 15 points for the Gems, who fell into a tie with Boracay Rum on 4-3 win-loss slates. Raymond Aguilar and Gerald Bautista had 13 and 11 points each while June Dizon grabbed 16 rebounds.
The Regens actually had a 25-10 lead in the first period but allowed the Gems to get back in the game.
Idle Blackwater Sports and Fruitas are on top of the team standings with 5-1 and 4-1 win-loss cards, respectively.
EA Regen Medical Group (73) – Aquino 19, Almazan 14, Sangalang 11, Sanga 9, Maiquez 9, Terso 6, Miranda 2, Bautista 2, Ko 1, Allen 0, Semira 0, Apinan 0.
Cebuana Lhuillier (69) – Padilla 15, Aguilar 13, Bautista 11, Martinez 9, Dizon 9, Lopez 7, Banal 3, Buensuceso 1, Sarangay 1, Montecastro 0, Chiu 0, Zamar 0.
Quarterscores: 26-16; 41-35; 55-55; 73-69.