ELOY Poligrates showed the way as Marinerong Pilipino advanced to the 2019 PBA D-League Foundation Cup playoffs with a 73-51 clipping of Asia's Lashes Tomas Morato on Monday at Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig.
The Cebuano fan favorite went 5-of-8 from deep to pace the Skippers with 17 points, while also collecting five rebounds and making four assists. Marinerong Pilipino went going 7-of-19 from deep.
Marinerong Pilipino took a 24-point lead, 69-45, with 3:38 left to play, on the way to their fourth win in as many games and the top spot in Group A.
JBoy Solis added 11 points, while JR Alabanza chipped in nine points and six boards for Marinerong Pilipino.
The Skippers were quick to take control of the game, grabbing a 19-10 lead at the end of the opening frame.
"Masaya kami, lalo na yung management," said coach Yong Garcia, whose side benefited from the withdrawal of Nailtalk-Savio.
Marinero, however, is wary of its last two assignments against iWalk and CEU which, to Garcia, will be test ahead of the quarterfinals.
"Kailangan natin paghandaan yung last two games natin. Mate-test talaga kami laban sa iWalk at CEU," the soft-spoken mentor said.
James Martinez led Asia's Lashes with 13 points on 3-of-6 shooting from deep, while Jeson Delfinado got nine points and four rebounds.
The Soldiers sunk to an even 2-2 card.
Marinerong Pilipino 73 - Poligrates 17, Solis 11, Alabanza 9, Clarito 8, Sara 7, McAloney 7, Yee 6, Diputado 4, Arim 2, Juanico 0, Saguiguit 0.
Asia’s Lashes 51 - Martinez 13, Delfinado 9, Dela Cruz 7, Alban 7, Apreku 5, Sarao 4, Camacho 2, Gerero 2, Celada 2, Reyes 0, Deles 0, Dumlao 0.
Quarterscores: 19-10; 38-20; 58-39; 73-51.