Racal Motors nets 4th win in Danny Espiritu Cup
MANILA, Philippines – Racal Motors repulsed Nougat, 84-64, to wrap up the brief elimination round of the 2014 Danny Espiritu Cup with a 4-1 win-loss record last July 6 at the Reyes Gym in Mandaluyong.
The usual culprits did the bulk of the damage for Racal Motors as Jayson Ibay and Marte Gil chipped in 17 points apiece, while Jan Acebron and Allan Clemente had 16 and 15, respectively.
Skyforce, meanwhile, also defeated Nougat, 84-81, last July 4 to remain the only undefeated squad thus far in the six-team race.
Last season's finalists leaned on former pro Chester Tolomia, who had 18 points on 4-of-8 three-point shooting for their third win in a row.
In last year's finals, Skyforce lost to MOB in double overtime for a second-straight runner-up finish in the competition.
Nougat, which is bannered by Rene Boy Banzali and former PBA player Arnold Gamboa, has lost three straight games in the tournament.
Gerry's Grill, meanwhile, kept its hold of the second place with a 3-1 card after demolishing Machine Lab Tigers, 100-65, in a July 4 game.
Jeff Manuel, King Importante and Paolo Orbeta combined for 47 points, while the rest of the players scored at least two points for Gerry's Grill.
After three winless starts, the Machine Lab Tigers have officially withdrawn from competition due to lack of support, according to team manager Carlos Amador Fenequito and team sponsor Bryann Calantoc.