RK Ilagan picked the right time to catch fire, steering Valencia City Bukidnon-SSCR to a 75-53 victory over Chadao-FEU in the 2019 PBA D-League on Monday at Paco Arena in Manila.
The sweet-shooting guard buried four triples in the payoff period to lead the Golden Harvest with 22 points, 10 rebounds and four assists as they staved off the raging Tamaraws rally from 20-points down at halftime, 43-23.
Ilagan's explosion was instrumental in Valencia-SSCR's 22-point fourth quarter eruption, as his side went on a 19-4 finishing kick after Chadao-FEU got to within seven, 56-49, with 7:57 left.
"Masyado na talaga siyang nag-mature," lauded coach Egay Macaraya of his star guard. "Sabi ko kanina, silang dalawa ni Allyn (Bulanadi) ang marked man pero nakita niyo yung pasensya. I give credit to the guy."
Bulanadi added 16 points and nine rebounds as the Golden Harvest moved up to 2-0 in the Foundation Group.
JM Calma added nine points, eight rebounds, two assists, and two blocks, while Ken Villapando got seven.
The Tamaraws was dealt with a double whammy after Barkley Ebona hurt his right ankle with 1:41 remaining in the game.
L-Jay Gonzales topped Chadao-FEU (1-1) with 14 points and 10 rebounds, while Ken Tuffin had 10.
Valencia-SSCR 75 - Ilagan 22, Bulanadi 16, Calma 9, Villapando 7, Capobres 6, Bonleon 5, Sumoda 4, Dela Cruz 4, Calahat 2, Desoyo 0, Are 0, Altamirano 0, Quiambao 0.
Chadao-FEU 53 - Gonzales 14, Tuffin 10, Ebona 7, Celzo 6, Comboy 5, Jopia 4, Stockton 2, Bienes 2, Bayquin 2, Cani 1, Nunag 0, Tchuente 0, Flores 0.
Quarterscores: 26-10; 43-23; 53-43; 75-53.