March 09, 2020

Chabi Yo shines as Growling Tigers smother Blue Dragons

BUILDERS Warehouse-UST cruised to its second win in the 2020 PBA D-League Aspirants' Cup with a 106-93 trouncing of Diliman College Monday at the Paco Arena in Manila.

UAAP MVP Soulemane Chabi Yo tallied 24 points, nine rebounds, and two blocks for the Growling Tigers, who assumed the early lead in the league's first conference.

"We told him 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 coach Aldin Ayo of the Beninese forward.

Chabi Yo indeed spearheaded the Growling Tigers' 16-5 start, knocking down 5-of-10 from downtown as Builders Warehouse-UST seize a 37-18 lead.

The lead grew to as much as 30 points numerous times in the second half on the way to their second win in as many games.

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The Growling Tigers shot 12-of-36 from threes overall, good for 33-percent.

Dave Ando turned in a double-double with 14 points and 11 boards, while Rhenz Abando tallied 13 points on a 3-of-9 clip from downtown. Deo Cuajao scored 11 points, and Zach Huang had 10 points and five rebounds.

Senegalese center Abdoulaye Niang led Diliman College with 30 points, 16 fourth quarter. He also had 16 rebounds.

Zeus Pedrosa poured 18 points, two boards, and two assists, while Robbi Darang got 13 points and 10 assists in the Blue Dragons' tough conference opener.

The Scores:

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BUILDERS WAREHOUSE-UST 106 -- Chabi Yo 24, Ando 14, Abando 13, Cuajao 11, Huang 10, Cansino 9, Nonoy 5, Manalang 5, Asuncion 5, Concepcion 4, Bataller 3, Santos 2, Manaytay 1, Paraiso 0.

DILIMAN COLLEGE 93 -- Niang 30, Pedrosa 18, Darang 13, Enriquez 12, Gob 7, Bauzon 4, De Mesa 4, Sombero 2, Lalica 2, Bajar 1, Ligon 0.

Quarters: 37-18, 58-42, 92-64, 106-93.