SINGAPORE – Golden Cavs took control early and never let up, beating Ocipala, 62-54, in Gilas Basketball 2017 Republika Cup at Yusof Ishak Secondary School.
Golden Cavs start the game waxing hot scoring 21 points in the first quarter while holding Ocipala to 13 points.
Coming off the bench, Jay Batanes posted a double-double of 13 rebounds, 10 assists and scoring 6 points.
Marvin Maximo came up with a team-high 15 points on 6 of 11 shooting while Jorgy de Guzman added 13 markers on 6 of 7 shooting in 18 minutes of action for Golden Cavs, who won their third straight game and finished the Positioning round with 3-2 win-loss record.
Golden Cavs suffocating defense forced Ocipala to commit a whooping 21 turnovers that was capitalized to 25 points. They also outrun Ocipala as they outscored them in fast break points, 28-14.
Artie Wong Jau Yuon led Ocipala with 12 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists.
Charles Onn Chia Boon had 11 points and 2 assists while Tony Kiing Teck Hua and Steve Ng Wen Fatt both scored 6 points apiece for Ocipala, who suffered their third loss and dropped to 2-3 in win-loss card.
The Lutong Pinoy Game MVP is Jay Batanes.