SINGAPORE – Tropang Pards took control early and never gave Elite basketball a chance to get back, cruising to a 79-40 victory in Gilas Basketball 2017 Republika Cup at Yusof Ishak Secondary School.
Norben Payo wound up with 19 points, making 9 of 12 field goal attempts and grabbed 3 rebounds.
Marvin Aljibe came up with 13 points, 6 boards and 2 assists, while Alfie Ferrer fire four triples and wound up with 12 markers for Tropang Pards, who bounce back from their loss to Greyhounds and improved to 3-2 in win-loss card.
Tropang Pards defense held Elite Basketball to shoot poorly from field registering 26 percent shooting compared to their 46 percent shooting. They also force Elite Basketball to commit a whooping 21 turnovers that they converted to 27 turnover points.
Arante Gacusan led Elite Basketball with 11 points and 5 rebounds in 22 minutes of play.
Marlon Virrey added 6 points, while Romeo Fabian and Michael Caraskit bothe scored 4 points apiece for Elite Basketball, who suffered their third straight loss and dropped to 1-4 in win-loss card.
The Lutong Pinoy Game MVP is Norben Payo.