BRT Sumisip Basilan-St. Clare secured the top seed in Group B after tearing Black Mamba apart by 39 points, 161-122, in the 2019 PBA D-League Foundation Cup at Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig.
Malian big man Mohammed Pare led the Saints with 31 points and 19 rebounds in the win as they set scoring records in the blowout.
The Saints scored the most points in league history, surpassing the 144 set by Hyperwash in its conquest of McDavid-La Salle Araneta on Aug. 19.
The 95-point second half explosion was also the most points scored in a half, topping Tanduay's 83-point second-half surge in its 141-65 win over Zark's on July 10, 2017. The Saints’ 53 fourth quarter points tied the Rhum Masters' third quarter output in their 113-71 conquest of Gamboa Coffee on June 27, 2017 for the most in a single period.
"Kita niyo naman nageenjoy na yung mga bata nung huli," said coach Stevenson Tiu, surprised to learn of the new records set.
The Saints hiked their card to 5-0 and locked up a twice-to-beat advantage in the quarterfinals.
"Of course kahit sinong coach masaya with that advantage for the playoffs," said Tiu.
Joseph Peñaredondo scored 25 points, nailing six treys. Darwin Lunor had 16 points, while Irven Palencia and Raymond Rubio added 12 markers apiece as St. Clare buried 12 triples.
The Saints actually got challenged by the Energy Drink, until they heated up and made a 16-0 run abridging the second and third periods to turn a 57-54 deficit to a 70-57 lead with 9:25 on the clock.
The game would never be in question from then on as St. Clare led by as many as 47 points, 159-112, after a Peñaredondo three-pointer with 1:34 left in the game.
Jett Vidal had 18 points to lead Black Mamba, who fell to 3-2.
Dahrell Caranguian and Clark Derige had 17 points apiece while John Tayongtong, Nicol Bolos, and ex-pro PJ Barua scored 11 each for the Energy Drink.
BRT Sumisip-St. Clare 161 - Pare 31, Peñaredondo 25, Lunor 16, Palencia 12, Rubio 12, Hallare 11, Collado 8, Fontanilla 8, Decano 8, Manacho 8, Tiquia 6, Ng 6, Bautista 5, Santos 5, Dumapig 1.
Black Mamba 122 - Vidal 18, Derige 17, Caranguian 17, Bolos 11, Barua 11, Tayongtong 11, Balucanag 7, Vitug 7, Boholano 6, Gadon 6, Carongoy 5, Castro 4, Medina 2, Santiago 0.
Quarterscores: 32-32; 66-57; 108-80; 161-122.