MANILA, Philippines – After losing its conference-opener, Che'Lu Bar&Grill has now put together back-to-back wins to jump back into contention in the 2018 PBA D-League Foundation Cup.
The Revellers demolished AMA Online Education, 111-95, to hike their win-loss record to 2-1 on Thursday at the Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig City.
Chris Bitoon anchored Che'Lu's balanced attack, scoring 23 points on top of seven rebounds, five assists, and three steals.
Five other players scored in double-digits, and the Revellers' frontline imposed its presence in the paint to win the rebounding battle, 53-40.
Jessie Collado had 19 points and four rebounds, Jason Melano added 18 points, six assists, and four boards, while veteran big man Jay-R Taganas finished with a double-double of 13 points and 13 rebounds in the victory.
Jeff Viernes put the finishing touches on their second straight win by scoring eight of the Revellers' last 11 points to finish with 12 markers.
Still, their impressive victory was not enough to please Coach Stevenson Tiu, who lamented his veteran's "sluggish" performance.
"Masyado kaming complacent," said the coach. "Sinabi ko sa kanila, you have to respect the game of our opponents, because that may have cost us the game."
"Buti na lang, nakapag-regroup kami," he added.
Domark Matillano led AMA Online Education with 24 points, while Owen Graham finished with a double-double of 15 points and 13 rebounds for the Titans.
However, their efforts were not enough as AMA dropped to 0-3 to stay at the bottom of the league standings.
CHE’LU BAR AND GRILL 111 — Bitoon 23, Collado 19, Melano 18, Taganas 13, Viernes 12, Mallari 10, Siruma 6, Flores 4, Sta. Ana 4, Ochea 2, Lao 0, Ng 0.
AMA ONLINE EDUCATION 95 — Matillano 24, Graham 14, Soriano 14, Garcia 12, Lao 10, Nacpil 8, Palencia 5, Liwag 4, Alao 3, Alvarez 0, Cariaga 0, Sabile 0.
Quarters: 26-23, 55-50, 80-79, 111-95.
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