Cignal beats Centro Escolar, enters semifinals

Cignal HD defeated Centro Escolar University, 96-89, to punched outright to the semifinals of the PBA D-League Foundation Cup at Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig.

Jason Perkins had 18 points, 10 rebounds and three assists for Cignal HD to keep the winning streak into six. Cignal HD finished the season with an 8-2 record, enough for the second seed. Perkins was responsible in igniting Cignal in a 10-0 run late in the third quarter by taking a 69-60 lead.

Cignal also got great numbers from Byron Villarias who had 19 points on a 5-for-10 shooting outside the arc. Oping Sumalinog contributed 13 points.

“I guess we were fortunate because we had a very long preparation. We had a lot of time scouting them, but it was still a struggle against them. But the boys delivered and we got the win,” said deputy Jude Roque, who was filling in for head coach Boyet Fernandez, who was coaching San Beda in the NCAA.

For CEU, Rod Ebondo had 23 points, eight rebounds and four assists while Aaron Jeruta added 23 points, four rebounds and six assists. CEU started strong by posting a 28-21 lead after first quarter. Also, CEU controlled the first half with a 48-44 lead until Cignal turned the tide in third quarter.

Box Scores:

CIGNAL HD 96 – Villarias 19, Perkins 18, Sumalinog 13, Raymundo 11, Jose 10, Bringas 8, Arong 5, Cahilig 5, Sara 3, Batino 2, Arboleda 2, Belencion 0.
CEU 89 – Ebondo 23, Jeruta 23, Casiño 15, Guinitaran 8, Cruz 7, Wamar 7, Uri 2, Manlangit 2, Arim 2, Aquino 0, Fuentes 0, Intic 0.

Quarters: 21-28, 48-44, 71-65, 96-89.

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