Cebuana Lhuillier survives huge late fightback from KeraMix to take solo lead in Foundation Cup
The Gems' Fil-Tongan big man Moala Tautuaa scores 24 points to lead all scorers. Dante Peralta

CEBUANA Lhuillier leaned on Moala Tautuaa and Simon Enciso to defeat KeraMix, 95-88, on Thursday and claim the solo lead in the PBA D-League Foundation Cup at the JCSGO gym in Quezon City.

Tautuaa scored 11 of his game-high 24 points in the first quarter before Enciso took over in the next period with 15 of his 24 markers in the wire-to-wire win over the Gems, who led by as many as 34 points.

Fil-Tongan big man Tautuaa also grabbed 10 rebounds in a double-double, while Enciso hit seven triples for the Gems, who climbed to a 3-0 win-loss slate in the single-round robin eliminations to grab the early lead in the standings.

KeraMix fell to 2-1, with Keith Agovida leading the Mixers with 19 points.

“Dapat ’yung consistency, lumabas ngayon. There was so many inconsistencies lalo na nung second half. Hinabol sana namin ’yung convincing victory pero wala eh,” Cebuana Lhuillier coach Boycie Zamar said.

Tautuaa along with Norbert Torres scored the game’s first six points and the Gems never gave up the lead. Enciso led the Gems to a 55-25 advantage at the end of the first half.

Paul Zamar and Allan Mangahas chipped in 13 and 11 points, respectively, for the Gems.

The scores:

Cebuana Lhuillier (95)—Tautuaa 24, Enciso 24, Zamar 13, A. Mangahas 11, Torres 8, Acibar 6, Corpuz 5, Vosotros 4, J. Mangahas 0, Bautista 0, Lopez 0, Sarangay 0, Marata 0, Lopez 0.

KeraMix (88)—Agovida 19, Jalalon 14, Gil 10, Saitanan 10, Gabawan 7, DiGregorio 7, Viernes 6, Parala 6, Canta 5, Bartolo 2, Ruaya 2, Jamito 0, Robles 0, Sinco 0.

Quarterscores: 23-11; 55-25; 85-58; 95-88.

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