SANTI Santillan produced a double-double as Marinerong Pilipino whipped SMDC-NU, 86-71, to enter the win column yesterday in the PBA D-League at the Paco Arena.
The Skippers lost hold of a 21-point lead (50-29) early in the third quarter as the Bulldogs rallied and cut the deficit down to six, 57-63.
But SMDC’s uprising fell short as Marinerong Pilipino went on a 15-2 tear to take a comfortable 84-63 lead in the last two minutes.
Santillan, a La Salle standout, led the way with 18 points and 13 rebounds on top of two assists, and two steals for the Skippers.
Anton Asistio, formerly of Ateneo, added 14 points on a 3-of-8 shooting from beyond the arc, as well as four rebounds for Marinerong Pilipino, which rebounded from its season-opening 104-110 overtime loss to City of Valencia Bukidnon-San Sebastian.
“Yun na ang Anton Asistio at Santi Santillan na hinahanap namin,” said Skippers coach Yong Garcia. “Iba ang experience nila at nadadala nila sa Marinero.”
Orlan Wamar scored 11 of his 13 points in the first half, while Jed Mendoza was the other Skipper in twin digits with 11 points, to go with five assists and three rebounds.
John Galinato led the Bulldogs (0-2) with 17 points, three rebounds and three assists, while Shaun Ildefonso added 16 points, three boards and two assists.
Marinerong Pilipino (86) — Santillan 18, Asistio 14, Wamar 13, Mendoza 11, Reyes 9, Apreku 9, A. Aquino 4, Buñag 3, Victoria 3, Gamboa 2, Bonifacio 0, Garcia 0.
SMDC-NU (71) — Galinato 17, S. Ildefonso 16, D. Ildefonso 13, Mangayao 5, Clemente 5, Diputado 5, Gallego 4, Minerva 2, Oczon 2, Rangel 2, Gaye 0, Tibayan 0, Malonzo 0, Chatman 0, Sinclair 0.
Quarterscores: 19-15, 47-29, 63-57, 86-71