Yu Earl Yu of Go Torokku-St. Clare Colle in action. PBA D-League photo

St. Clare strikes

April 24, 2024 Theodore P. Jurado 544 views

GO Torokku-St. Clare capitalized on a strong first half to defuse the challenge of CCI-Yengskivel, 114-106, in the quarterfinals Monday and advance to the PBA D-League Aspirants’ Cup semifinals at the FilOil EcoOil Centre.

Megan Galang scored 19 points, Senegal’s Ndong Babacar had 14 points, 11 rebounds and five blocks whilw Charles Bryan Burgos also scored 14 points and grabbed six boards for the Saints.

Top-ranked and defending two-time champion EcoOIl-DLSU awaits Go Torakku-St. Clare in Game 1 of the best-of-three series that begins tomorrow at the Ynares Sports Arena.

The other semis pits No. 2 Marinerong Pilipino-San Beda and Centro Escolar University, also a best-of-three affair.

The Saints looked headed for an easy victory when they went up by 15 at halftime, but the Crusaders refused to go away without a fight.

Jhone Amansec scattered 11 points in the third quarter while Kenneth Tener and Julius Ervin Valderama provided support by combining for 17 as CCI-Yengskivel outscored Go Torokku-St. Slare, 44-33, to make it a four-point game, 83-87, going into the fourth.

But Go Torokku-St. Clare will not be denied, handing CCI-Yengskivel its second loss in less than a week.