April 30, 2024

EcoOil-La Salle sweeps Go Torakku-St. Clare, advances to Finals

Back-to-back champion EcoOil-La Salle clobbered Go Torakku-St. Clare, 105-70, in Game 2 of their best-of-three semifinal series and advanced to the Finals appearance of the 2024 PBA D-League Aspirants' Cup on Tuesday at the Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig.

The undefeated Green Archers got down to business early and dominated the contest throughout to complete a sweep of the semifinals en route to their third straight Finals appearance.

The victory was the seventh straight in as many games for the Green Archers, who are aiming to win their third straight title. They will meet the winner of the other semifinal series between Marinerong Pilipino-San Beda and Centro Escolar University, which is headed to a sudden-death.

"Hindi naman nag-iba 'yung mindset namin. We really wanted to approach this game with the same mentality. We wanted to respect St Clare for a lot of reasons. They always give us a good fight," said La Salle assistant coach Gian Nazario.

"It's (Finals) where we want to be but there are still games to be played," he added.

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Henry Agunanne tallied 17-poins and 10-rebounds to lead five players in twin digits.

Babacar Ndong finished with 18 points and 16 rebounds, but he committed seven turnovers while Megan Galand had 15 points to pace St. Clare. (JBU)

The Scores:

EcoOil-La Salle 105 - Agunanne 17, Rubico 14, Abadam 11, Austria 11, Cortez 10, Policarpio 9, Phillips 8, Alian 6, Macalalag 5, David 5, Gollena 5, Buensalida 4, Romero 0.

Go Torakku-St. Clare 70 - Ndong 18, Galang 15, Russel 5, Estacio 5, De Guzman 5, Burgos 4, Sual 4, Tapenio 3, Decano 3, Acosta 3, Cabauatan 3, Yu 2, Manzano 0.

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Quarterscores: 20-18, 47-29, 72-49, 105-70.