Eagles, Golden Harvest win

CIGNAL-Ateneo and City of Valencia Bukidnon-SSC-R forged a semifinal  showdown after eliminating their respective lower-ranked foes in the PBA D-League yesterday at the Ynares Sports Arena.

The Blue Eagles overcame a sluggish first half to beat ChaDao-FEU, 67-60, while the Golden Harvest nipped Che’Lu Bar and Grill in overtime, 93-87.

Ivorian Ange Kouame paced Cignal-Ateneo with 14 points and 14 rebounds with two steals and a game-high three blocks while Thirdy Ravena added 10 points, six rebounds and three assists.

The Eagles wiped out an 11-point Tamaraws second quarter lead by coming out alive  in the third before Jolo Mendoza, Ravena and Kouame applied the finishing touches.

“Our mentality was to take it possesion by possesion,” said Cignal-Ateneo lead assistant coach Sandy Arespacochaga of their fightback.

City of Valencia Bukidnon-SSC-R looked poised to win it in regulation after taking a 79-75 lead with 14.5 seconds remaining courtesy of an Emmanuel Bonleon floater.

But the Golden Harvest could not deliver the knockout punches as a Rey Suerte triple and a buzzer-beater by Jesse Collado kept the Revellers in the game.

The scores:

First Game

Cignal-Ateneo (67) — Kouame 14, Ravena 10, Go 8, Ma. Nieto 6, Navarro 5, Andrade 5, Mendoza 5, Tio 4, Belangel 4, Mamuyac 2, Mi. Nieto 2, Daves 2.

Cha Dao-FEU (60) — Flores 14, Nunag 10, Comboy 9, Bienes 8, Stockton 7, Tuffin 6, Tchuente 4, Mantua 0, Gonzales 0, Cani 0, Casino 0.

Quarterscores: 11-17, 32-36, 48-46, 67-60

Second Game

City of Valencia Bukidnon-SSC-R (93) — Calma 19, Desoyo 15, Bulanadi 15, Ilagan 11, Bonleon 10, Capobres 8, Are 7, Sumoda 4, Altamirano 3, Calahat 1, Villapando 0, Dela Cruz 0, Tero 0.

Che’Lu (87) — Suerte 18, Dagangon 16, Batino 12, Collado 9, Viernes 8, Dumapig 7, Bautista 6, Manalang 6, Siruma 3, Bringas 2, Taganas 0, Gabo 0.

Quarterscores: 21-18, 44-30, 61-53, 80-80, 93-87