Malonzo impressive in debut

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    JAMIE Malonzo made an impressive debut for Marinerong Pilipino yesterday, powering the Skippers to an 83-69 rout of ADG Dong-Mapua in the 2020 PBA D-League Aspirants’ Cup at Paco Arena in Manila.

    Malonzo, who missed the team’s opening match for lack of proper papers, made his presence felt for being a one-man wrecking crew with 23 points, 11 rebounds, six steals and one block.

    Juan Gomez de Liano also came up big for the Skippers, scoring 18 points on top of 11 rebounds and four assists.

    In the other match, Builders Warehouse UST cruised to a 106-93 triumphed over Diliman College.

    UAAP MVP Soulemane Chabi Yo had 24 points, nine rebounds, and two blocks as the Growling Tigers seized the early lead with their second win in a row.

    “Malaking tulong si Jamie sa amin and hopefully, maging consistent siya every game,” Marinerong Pilipino coach Yong Garcia said. “Ang importante para sa amin, natapatan namin ang energy at effort ng Mapua.”

    Also sharing the spotlight for the Skippers were Alfred Batino, who had 14 points and seven rebounds, and Dhon Reverente, who chipped in with nine points.

    Batino and Reverente combined for the Skipper’ 15-0 breakaway early in the third quarter that stretched their lead to 55-38.

    Laurenz Victoria had with 16 points, five rebounds, and two assists in leading the Cardinals, who made their league debut on sour note.

    “We told Yo that he had to exert effort because for the past games, di pa nakakalaro ng maayos si Chabi. We told him to play well, makakuha siya ng rhythm niya and he did,” said UST coach Aldin Ayo of his big man.

    Yo responded to Ayo’s instructions from the get-go in a 16-5 run that gave UST a 37-18 lead in the first quarter.

    The Growling Tigers were never threatened from thereon, erecting several 30-poiint leads in the second half en route to the breezy win.

    Dave Ando notched a double-double for UST with 14 points and 11 boards while Rhenz Abando, Deo Cuajao and Zach Hung chipped in with 13, 11 and 10 points, respectively.

    Deo Cuajao scored 11 points, as Zach Huang had 10 points and five rebounds in the win.

    Senegalese slotman Abdoulaye Niang led Diliman with 30 points,16 of them in the fourth quarter, plus 16 rebounds.