JUMBO Plastic downed Sta. Lucia Realty, 70-56, on Friday at the Marikina Sports Center to set up a best-of-three title showdown with Mighty Sports in the PCBL Chairman’s Cup.
A 9-0 spurt in the second period capped by a Jay-R Taganas inside stab gave the Linoleum Giants a 44-24 lead with only 1:13 before half-time.
The Giants held the Realtors to only two field goals in the first six and a half minutes to take a 14-4 lead and held the Realtors to 0-for-10 from the three-point line for the game.
“We concentrated on one area kung saan sila malakas, which is three-point shooting. Wala silang na-shoot na three-point shots tonight,” said Giants coach Stevenson Tiu.
Taganas, a member of the Mythical Selection of the Founders Cup, finished with a double-double of 13 points and 15 rebounds while Mark Lopez, reinserted into the starting unit in his team’s most crucial game, chipped in nine.
Jumbo Plastic 70 – Taganas 13, Lopez 9, Martinez 9, Eguilos 8, Viernes 8, Arafat 8, Santos 6, Siruma 5, Ibay 4, Arellano 0.
Sta. Lucia 56 – Sanjo 17, Bautista 10, Salado 7, Javelona 6, Escosio 4, Ilagan 4, Camasura 2, Vidal 2, Castanarez 2, Bangga 2, Jamito 0, Gabriel 0.