NEWCOMER Hog's Breath Café brought Big Chill back down to earth with a 69-63 victory on Monday in the PBA D-League Foundation Cup at The Arena in San Juan.
Kevin Racal had 16 of his 21 points in the second half as Hogs Breath Cafe pulled off the huge win in only their second game in the developmental league, doing so against a Big Chill side that defeated four-time defending champion NLEX just last week.
Racal and fellow Letran Knight Jonathan Belorio lead a Razorbacks roster that was assembled just weeks before the Foundation Cup opened, and the lack of chemistry showed in a 52-81 loss to fellow newcomer Jumbo Plastic in their opening game.
But Hogs’ Breath Café, an Australian-based steakhouse with a branch in Davao City, finished the game strong with a 9-0 push to grab the upset victory.
“Wala, nanalo eh,” said head coach Joel Jabar, speechless when first asked by sportswriters how it felt winning the game.
It was a disappointing loss for Big Chill, which pulled-off a huge upset over NLEX, 86-77, in overtime its first game of the conference.
Jabar, younger brother of former pro cager Jun Jabar and a former member of Southwestern University and San Beda basketball teams in the 1990s, believed they managed to take the win by limiting the errors.
“Expected na babalik kami (after the defeat in the opener) kasi yung mga player naman namin, ang importante sa simula mabawasan lang yung errors, lalaban yan,” said Jabar, who is also a sergeant at the Philippine Army.
Mark Pangilinan had 13 points, while Belorio added 13 points and 11 rebounds for the Razorbacks.
The Superchargers were still ahead, 63-60, with three and a half minutes to play in the fourth but failed to hit their shots in the end.
Big Chill tried to overcome the deficit by hitting three-point shots but Mac Montilla, Mar Villahermosa, and Janus Lozada couldn’t hit the mark.
Hogs Breath Café (69) – Racal 21, Pangilinan 13, Belorio 13, Roy 9, Malinao 4, Pacquiao 3, Eman 2, Robles 2, Lima 2, Rabalo 0, Cayabyab 0, Macasaet 0, Morillo 0.
Big Chill (63) – Montilla 16, Villahermosa 11, Lozada 10, Nuyles 8, Bringas 7, Canlas 4, Montecastro 3, Holstein 2, Dumapig 1, Santos 1, Heruela 0.
Quarterscores: 9-13; 34-29; 49-52; 69-63.