UNIVERSITY of Perpetual Help System Dalta pulled away in the third quarter and never looked behind en route to a 93-82 debut win over PSP Gymers in the 2023 PBA D-League Aspirants' Cup Tuesday at the Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig City.
Jayvee Dela Cruz fired 23 points for the Gymers, who could not essay another come-from-behind win after bridging the gap to as close as five points, 64-69, early in the fourth.
The Altas exploded for 32 points in the third frame that proved to be the telling tale after an airtight first-half as they kept the Gymers at bay from there on.
"We really need this win kasi dito magsisimula 'yung journey namin all throughout the year. Kumbaga, early warning samin and good thing, nanalo," said head coach Myk Saguiguit, who witnessed the impressive debut of PSP against Marinerong Pilipino-San Beda last week.
Arthur Roque chalked up 27 points, 10 rebounds, two assists and two steals in 24 minutes of play to banner the balanced attack of the Altas, who also drew 16 points from Cyrus Nitura.
Skipper Jielo Razon and Carlo Ferreras chipped in 13 markers apiece with Mark Omega hauling down 15 rebounds plus six points, a steal and a block.
Val Acu?a (16) and Dariel James Bayla (15) also put up solid efforts for PSP (1-1). (JBU)
Perpetual 93 - Roque 27, Nitura 16, Razon 13, Ferreras 13, Omega 6, Sevilla 6, Movida 3, Ramirez 3 Abis 2, Nunez 2, Pagaran 2, Barcoma 0, Flores 0, Boral 0.
PSP Gymers 82 - Dela Cruz 23, Acu?a 16, Bayla 15, Yutuc 7, Gabriel 5, Dino 5, Olegario 3, Mohammad 2, Velchez 2, Soriano 2, Castillo 2.
Quarters: 22-16, 37-37, 69-56, 93-82