SINGAPORE – Von Santiago flirted with triple-double as the Golden Cavs downed Ocipala, 66-60, in Gilas Basketball 2017 Republika Cup Playoffs at Yusof Ishak Secondary School sponsored by Lutong Pinoy.
Golden Cavs is leading by 5 points in the end of the first quarter. Every time Ocipala will make a run to make the game close, Golden Cavs always had an answer and this was enough to seal the victory.
Von Santiago led the way for Golden Cavs with 15 points on 6 of 9 shooting, grabbed 7 boards, dished out 10 assists and registered 3 steals.
Coming off the bench, Jay Batanes deliver 18 points, 10 rebounds and 2 steals while JC Tengco came up with a game-high 25 points, 4 rebounds, 4 assists and 3 steals for Golden Cavs, who move to the next round and will face Patriots in a winner-take-all game.
Golden Cavs banked on their defense as they forced Ocipala to commit 20 turnovers and translate it to 26 turnover points. They also used their quickness to their advantage, registering 32 fast break points while Ocipala was held to 17 fast break points.
Nick Eow Kok Tiong led Ocipala with 14 points on 6 of 10 shooting and corralled 4 rebounds.
Lau Chun Cheng had 11 points and 5 rebounds in 19 minutes of action while Aaron Ng Choon Hau added 9 markers, 3 rebounds, 8 assists and 2 steals for Ocipala, who bowed out from the tournament.
Thank you Ocipala for supporting Gilas Basketball 2017 Republika Cup. See you again next conference.
The Lutong Pinoy Game MVP is Von Santiago.