Seldom-used Alex Almario plays huge as Jumbo Plastic rallies to beat KeraMix
Alex Almario scores 17 points, while three other Giants scored in double figures. Dante Peralta

JUMBO Plastic Linoleum closed the game with a 15-3 run to beat KeraMix, 78-72, on Monday in the PBA D-League Foundation Cup at the Filoil Flying V Arena in San Juan.

Seldom-used Alex Almario scored 17 points and had five steals, while Philip Paniamogan had 12 points and 10 rebounds as the Giants scored their second win in three games.

Tristan Perez added 12 points and seven rebounds, while Denice Villamor also notched a double-double of 10 points and 10 rebounds for the Giants, who scored a huge follow-up to their victory over Aspirants Cup titlist Hapee.

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“Sobrang haba ng vacation kaya expected ko na wala kami sa rhythm. Nag-step-up ’yung third stringers. For me, si Alex Almario ang nag-dictate ng laro,” said Tiu.

“I want the team to prove na ’yung panalo namin sa Hapee, hindi fluke,” Tiu said.

Jumbo Plastic’s win spoiled the efforts of Michael DiGregorio, who scored 21 points and hit 7-of-11 from three-point range.

The Mixers dropped to 2-2, losing their last two games after a fine start to the conference.

The Giants trailed, 63-69, with three minutes left in the fourth. Almario completed a three-point play to tie the game at 69. DiGregorio tied the game for the last time at 72 before Villamor answered with a 3-pointer with 51 seconds to play.

On the next KeraMix possession, DiGregorio was tightly guarded and Keith Agovida turned the ball over.

The scores:

Jumbo Plastic (78)—Almario 17, Paniamogan 12, Perez 12, Villamor 10, Khobuntin 8, Sabellina 7, Tiongson 4, Avillanoza 4, Eguilos 2, Rosales 2.

KeraMix (72)—DiGregorio 21, Viernes 10, Saitanan 8, Parala 8, Jalalon 7, Ruaya 5, Gabawan 4, Jamito 4, Gil 3, Agovida 2, Canta 0.

Quarterscores: 22-18; 40-35; 55-52; 78-72.


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