Negrenses Raymar Toto Jose and Pao Javelona topscored for their respective team Thursday night in the PBA D-League Foundation Cup semi-finals at the Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig City.
Jose scored 17 points to lead Cignal past Javelona's Marinerong Pilipino, 86-67. Javelona finished with 11 points for the Skippers.
As his stint in the SEA Games draws near, the game against Marinero was touted to be Jose's farewell game.
He led the Cignal Hawkeyes breakaway in the third quarter, in which the team led by as much as 24 points at 62-38.
Marinero still mounted a comeback bid, cutting the lead to half with 3:24 left, but that was all the team could come within as it saw its seven-game winning streak that catapulted the club to the semi-finals despite the dismal 1-4 start come to an end.
I'm really happy that the starters stepped up on defense. We're pressured enough to play at our best today given the fact that we haven't played for a long while. But credit to my boys again. They really played their hearts out today, said Cignal Head Coach Boyet Fernandez, also a Negrense.
Jose also grabbed eight rebounds for the Hawkeyes, who can officially put the Skippers' Cinderella run to a complete halt on Tuesday at the same venue.
I have to thank Raymar. I had to play him for the whole of the third quarter and he did his job for us, Fernandez said.
Jason Perkins added 13 markers, 18 boards, three assists, one steal, and one block.
Byron Villarias also chipped in 13 points with four rebounds, and three dimes.*PNA
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