WITH guard Enzo Joson showing the way, Sta. Rosa Laguna dumped Nueva Ecija, 102-86, to stay unbeaten in two starts in the Pilipinas Super League Pro Division Second Conference Dumper Cup at the AYSN Sports Center in San Juan.
Joson notched a game-high 18 points, on top of five assists and three rebounds for the Lions, while Don Reverente chipped in 17 points, seven boards, and four assists Val Acuña also had 14 markers, while Jun Bonsubre and Marvin Lee added 13 each for Sta. Rosa Laguna, which came off a 100-62 shellacking of Cagayan de Oro-PSP last week and rose to 2-0.
The Slashers could not sustain the fiery form they showed in a 79-62 thumping of Koponang Lakan ng Bulacan last Monday and fell to 1-2 in the tilt presented by Dumper party-list, Winzer, and Converge and supported by Wcube Solutions Inc., MDC, Unisol, Don Benitos, and Finn Cotton, with PBA and Gilas Pilipinas great Marc Pingris serving as Commissioner.
In the other game, veteran sniper Paul Sanga waxed hot from deep as Batang Kankaloo-Caloocan rolled to its second straight win with a 111-96 whipping of Boracay.
Sanga torched the Islanders with seven three-pointers and totaled 23 points and four caroms for the Koolers, while Reil Cervantes and Jygruz Laude did their part with 18 markers apiece.
Achie Iñigo and Jomar Santos also combined for 27 points for Batang Kankaloo-Caloocan, which scored a fitting follow-up to a 78-74 decision over Bicol last Monday and improved to 2-1.
The star-studded Boracay quintet absorbed its second defeat in a row, counting an 85-88 setback to defending champion Davao Occidental.
Former PBA standouts KG Canaleta and Mac Cardona carried the fight for the Islanders with 19 and 18 points, respectively.
Sta. Rosa Laguna (102) – Joson 18, Reverente 17, Acuña 14, Bonsubre 13, Lee 13, Yee 7, Koga 6, Rogado 6, Aban 4, Sara 4.
Nueva Ecija (86) – Mag-isa 16, Juanico 15, De Guzman 13, Torrado 11, Nacpil 9, Tolentino 6, Mallari 4, Bautista 2, Ingel 2, Jejillos 2, Mancao 2, Pascual 2, Villaroman 2.
Quarters: 33-14, 56-41, 88-64, 102-86.
Caloocan (111) – Sanga 23, Cervantes 18, Laude 18, Iñigo 16, Santos 11, Espinas 9, Tayongtong 6, Caranguian 4, Galicia 4, Gonzales 2, Casin 0.
Boracay (96) – Canaleta 19, Cardona 18, Estrada 14, Gimpayan 13, Lasco 7, Helterbrand 7, Alabanza 6, Soberano 5, Faundo 4, Anderson 3
Quarters: 28-25, 68-55, 88-77, 111-96.