TERRENCE ROMEO hit a huge triple that helped Big Chill end Boracay Rum’s upset bid, 68-59, on Monday and keep its unbeaten slate in the PBA D-League Aspirants Cup at the San Juan Arena.
Romeo made up for his awful shooting and a technical foul slapped on him in the endgame by nailing a three-pointer that pulled Big Chill to an eight-point lead, 67-59, with nearly a minute left en route to their fourth win in as many games.
The Superchargers were expected to dominate the winless Waves but instead struggled with their shooting and even fell behind by one point, 47-48, after the third quarter.
Still, Big Chill managed to come up with the stops and extend their unbeaten run.
Romeo shot 3 of 8 from the arc and 3 of 10 from two-point territory and finished with 22 points for Big Chill, which next takes on three-time defending champion NLEX (4-0), the same team that swept the Superchargers in the finals last conference. They face off on Thursday at the Ynares Sports Arena.
“Tingin ko, it’s consistent basketball from start to finish on offense and defense,” said Big Chill coach Robert Sison, when asked what is lacking in their game.
“Buti nalang when Boracay was making a run, we were making stops. If we weren’t converting, I told them to play defense because on defense, walang malas.”
Arvie Bringas had 12 points, seven rebounds, and two steals, while Jessie Collado finished with 11 markers.
Roider Cabrera had 17 points, including three triples, as Boracay suffered its fifth defeat.
Big Chill (68) – Romeo 22, Bringas 12, Collado 11, Montilla 6, Montecastro 5, Villahermosa 5, Lozada 4, Buenafe 2, Brondial 1, Canlas 0, Cortes 0, Semira 0, Santos 0.
Boracay Rum (59) – Cabrera 17, Ilagan 11, Acibar 7, Siruma 7, Viernes 5, Taha 4, Eguilos 2, Montecastro 2, Sabellina 2, Foronda 2, Santos 0, Bandaying 0, Rosopa 0.
Quarterscores: 17-10; 34-30; 47-48; 68-59.