Rod Ebondo continued to be a beast down low for Centro Escolar University, which crushed Che’Lu Bar and Grill-San Sebastian, 105-88, to nail its second win Tuesday in the 2018 PBA D-League Aspirants’ Cup at Pasig Sports Center.
The Congolese bruiser was excellent from all over the floor, lighting up for 28 points and 23 rebounds. He he was also two blocks shy of a triple-double.
Aside from Ebondo’s presence down low, the Scorpions also stung the Revellers with their lethal three-point shooting, going 12-of-31 from downtown to remain as the lone unbeaten team at 2-0.
Orlan Wamar drilled 5-of-8 from three to wind up with 18 markers, seven boards, three assists, and two steals off the bench, Rich Guinitaran got 14 markers powered by four treys, while Judel Fuentes added 14 points.
“Ebondo played his A-game, plus he got the support from our locals,” said CEU coach Yong Garcia. “We hope we could sustain this kind of game.”
CEU didn’t waste time imposing control, establishing a 14-point lead, 49-35, in the second quarter before holding off the numerous rallies from Che’Lu-San Sebastian.
RK Ilagan led the Revellers (2-2) with 19 points on a 2-of-5 shooting from three, to go with four rebounds, two assists, and two steals.
Akari-Adamson survived a late flurry from Go for Gold for a 98-92 victory in the other game.
Sean Manganti chipped in 14 markers, eight coming in the payoff period to halt the uprising from the Scratchers, while also collecting seven boards and two dimes in the bounce-back victory.