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PBA D-League: KeraMix fends off Hapee in testy outing

By: - Reporter / @BLozadaINQ
/ 07:46 PM April 16, 2015

KeraMix found the right blend of offense and grit as it put down Hapee, 77-73, in a physical matchup in the PBA D-League Foundation Cup Thursday afternoon at Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig.

A game so dramatic that even non-players received technicals.

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Mixers head coach Caloy Garcia, team doctor IB Mendoza, and Hapee team manager Bernard Yang were all given technicals at the 6:06 mark of the third quarter.

Garcia said he understands the physicality of the game but he can’t wrap his mind around the notion of allowing too much bruising.

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“I understand the physicality, what I don’t understand is they allow it too much,” Garcia said whose team notched a 3-2 record which brought them to third seed. “They are going to wait for something to go off before they [the officials] react.”

KeraMix had an 11-point lead at the end of the third with Michael Digregorio contorting his body to score on a difficult layup to put the Mixers up 53-42.

Troy Rosario started to catch fire for the Fresh Fighters at the start of the fourth scoring after two consecutive flushes, sparking an 8-0 Hapee run that pulled them 53-50.

Jiovani Jalalon responded for KeraMix with a drive with 4:55  left to give the Warriors a 63-56 edge.

Jeff Viernes hit both free-throws with 15.3 remaining to give the Mixers a 77-70 lead but Nico Elorde drained a three-pointer with eight seconds remaining to bring Hapee closer 77-73.

An ensuing out of bounds play gave Hapee an extra possession but Mark Romero air balled his three-pointer sealing their 2-2 record.

Jalalon led the balanced attack of KeraMix with 12 points with Digregorio, Viernes, and Billy Robles adding 11 points apiece.

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Rosario and Chris Newsome managed to combine for 30 points before getting fouled out to lead the Fresh Fighters.

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