MANILA – Centro Escolar University Scorpions handed Nailtalk-Savio Unicorns a 107-46 beating in the 2019 PBA D-League Foundation Cup at the Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig City.
Rich Guinitaran paced the Scorpions’ (2-0) bombardment with 19 points and six rebounds on Thursday while Senegalese big man Malick Diouf supplied 11 points, 11 rebounds, and three blocks.
The Scorpions waxed hot with 32 points in the first quarter while limiting the Unicorns to just two points – the lowest output in a quarter in the developmental league’s history.
The Scorpions’ suffocating defense forced the opposition to commit 35 turnovers, which they turned to 45 points and also held the Unicorns to just 26-percent clip.
“I was worried that my players might take this game for granted dahil blowout ‘yung first game nii Nailtalk. But they came to play and did not take it for granted,” said Scorpions head coach Derrick Pumaren.
Normel Delos Reyes was the lone bright spot for the Unicorns with 13 points and six rebounds as it fell to 0-2. In the first game, the Technological Institute of the Philippines Engineers got back on the winning track with a 35-point decimation of Italiano’s Homme, 133-98.
Senegalese big man Papa Ndiaye led the Engineers’ ruthless rout with 29 points. He accounted for 15 of his side’s 44-point second quarter explosion that turned a slim 22-21 lead to a 66-50 halftime advantage./PN