Eloy Poligrates sizzled for a PBA D-League record 67 points in Marinerong Pilipino's mauling of IWalk. (Image courtesy of the PBA Media Group)

MANILA — Eloy Poligrates of Marinerong Pilipino broke the PBA D-League record for the most points in a single game by a player to lead his team to a 141-97 rout of IWalk Chargers in the Foundation Cup at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan City on Monday night.

The Cebuano guard finished with 67 points to lead the Skippers, shattering the previous record of 58 set by James Martinez on Aug. 2, 2016 for the AMA Titans in a 125-76 rout of the Topstar ZC Mindanao Aguilas.

Just like the AMA-Mindanao game, though, the Marinero-IWalk match was already decided early on as Marinero raced to a 31-20 lead after the first quarter, which eventually ballooned to as high as 47, 122-75, with 4:19 left in the fourth.

However, Coach Yong Garcia opted to keep Poligrates in the game despite the impending blowout when he saw that he can break Martinez's record.

"Nakita namin yung score ni Poli, sabi namin kayang abutan yung record ni James. Binigyan namin siya ng chance na habulin at sobrang ganda ng laro niya. Sobrang ganda ng gising ni Poli (We saw Poli’s score and we knew he can break James’ record. We gave him a chance to break it, he played well),” Garcia said.

JR Alabanza and Rev Diputado each scored 11 markers to backstop Poligrates as the Skippers assured themselves of a twice-to-beat advantage in the quarterfinals after moving up to 5-0 in Group A play.

Wowie Escosio tallied 23 markers and 10 boards for the Chargers, who fell to 2-3.

Meanwhile, BRT Sumisip-St. Clare also stayed unbeaten with a 112-100 win against McDavid-La Salle Araneta.

Joshua Fontanilla put up 24 points on 3-of-7 shooting from long range for the Saints, who are now 4-0 in Group B.

Henry Iloka's 32-point, 28-rebound, and six-block performance hardly mattered as the Stallions remained winless at 0-4.

In the main game, Martinez, who witnessed his record getting shattered, led Asia's Lashes' late charge to defeat Hazchem, 108-98.

Martinez finished with 22 points on 3-for-5 shooting from long range with two rebounds and five assists for the Soldiers, who moved up to 3-2.

Reymark Matias came up with 27 markers, two rebounds, two assists, and two steals for the Green Warriors, who slipped to their third straight loss after their conference-opening win. 

The Scores:

First Game

BRT SUMISIP-ST. CLARE 112 -- Fontanilla 24, Palencia 14, Pare 13, Hallare 12, Tiquia 12, Dumapig 9, Bautista 9, Ng 5, Collado 5, Penaredondo 5, Lunor 4, Rubio 0, Decano 0.

MCDAVID-LA SALLE ARANETA 100 -- Iloka 32, Doroteo 22, Medina 15, Briones 12, Batungbakal 6, Aquino 5, Balbuena 4, Esteban 2, Lorenzo 2, Correche 0, Pena 0, Ombao 0.

Quarters: 25-16, 54-38, 84-63, 112-100.

Second Game

MARINERONG PILIPINO 141 -- Poligrates 67, Diputado 11, Alabanza 11, McAloney 10, Yee 8, Arim 8, Jamon 7, Rios 6, Clarito 5, Solis 4, Reverente 2, Ilagan 2, Sara 0, Juanico 0.

IWALK 97 -- Escosio 23, Bregondo 15, Belencion 14, Ax. Inigo 11, Ac. Inigo 9, Canada 8, Koga 7, Cruz 4, Parker 4, Lozada 2.

Quarters: 31-20, 63-36, 102-61, 141-97.

Third Game

ASIA'S LASHES 108 -- Martinez 22, Camacho 18, Celada 11, Sarao 10, Delfinado 9, Castro 9, Dela Cruz 7, Laude 7, Alban 6, Apreku 5, Gerero 2, Deles 2, Reyes 0, Gonzaga 0.

HAZCHEM 98 -- Matias 27, Moraga 17, Elmejrab 8, Caparida 8, Ynion 8, Arellano 6, Trinidad 5, Glorioso 5, Acain 4, Serrano 4, Sicat 4, Adviento 2, Mendez 0, Eman 0, Daguplo 0.

Quarters: 32-28, 70-61, 89-81, 108-98. (PNA)