JUMBO Plastic fought back from a twin-digit deficit in the first quarter and Dexter Maiquez came up with huge baskets in the fourth as Jumbo Plastic Linoleum beat Cebuana Lhuillier, 63-61, on Monday to grab solo lead in the PBA D-League Aspirants Cup at the Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig City.
Maiquez scored seven of his team-high 14 points in the final canto, connecting on two triples to help the Giants hold on to the lead. His final triple gave the Giants a 61-56 advantage with 35.9 seconds to play.
The Giants recovered from an early 7-17 deficit and went on to record their second win in as many games.
Kevin Ferrer scored 14 points in his debut with the Gems. He hit a triple that closed the gap at 61-59 with 31.8 seconds. Maiquez split his two free throws with 13.7 ticks left.
Jumbo Plastic Linoleum (63) – Maiquez 14, Cruz 10, Heruela 9, Lozada 9, Sabellina 7, Terso 5, Rosales 4, Magat 2, Eguilos 0, Rios 0, Villamor 0.
Cebuana Lhuillier (61) – Ferrer 14, Enciso 10, Sison 8, A. Mangahas 6, Zamar 6, Guinto 6, Ciriacruz 4, Acibar 2, Torres 2, Sarangay 2, J. Mangahas 1, Villahermosa 0, Arellano 0.
Quarterscores: 7-17; 26-28; 44-41; 63-61.