SMDC-National University scored a breakthrough win to stay in the running in the 2019 PBA D-League, blasting CD14 Designs-Trinity, 107-75, on Monday at JCSGO Gym in Cubao.
John Lloyd Clemente ignited the pullaway, dropping 12 of his 18 points in the first half where the Bulldogs asserted control with a 29-11 opener to waylay the White Stallions in the battle of Foundation Group cellar-dwellers.
The lead grew to 35 points and SMDC-NU held on for its first victory after losing its first five assignments.
Dave Ildefonso also poured 18 points and had seven rebounds, while brother Shaun pumped 17 points and nine boards for NU.
"In the first three games, rather than developing, we're more regressing. But we got ourselves together in the past games and you could see the talent and the upside of this team. Hopefully by us joining the D-League, it will be beneficial for us in the long run," said coach Jamike Jarin.
John Galinato scored 10 points as Senegalese slotman Issa Gaye had eight points, eight rebounds, and three blocks for the Bulldogs.
The SMDC-NU victory also booted CD14 Designs-Trinity out of playoff contention as the latter fell to a 0-6 hole.
Kimley Medina topscored for the White Stallions with 16 points and four rebounds, as Michael Canete got 14 points, seven boards and seven blocks.
SMDC-NU 107 - Clemente 18, D. Ildefonso 18, S. Ildefonso 17, Galinato 10, Gaye 8, Chatman 7, Minerva 6, Oczon 4, Diputado 4, Gallego 4, Salim 4, Rangel 3, Sistoza 2, Mangayao 2, Sinclair 0.
CD14 Designs-Trinity 75 - Medina 16, Canete 14, Balucanag 9, Vitug 7, Reyes 6, Montero 5, Juanico 5, Nidoy 5, Dela Cruz 3, Tayongtong 3, Albarico 2, Ingel 0, Juico 0.
Quarterscores: 27-11; 58-37; 80-59; 107-75.