QUEZON CITY – Wang’s Basketball scored an impressive come from behind win over Centro Escolar University, 88-87, at the resumption of the 2017 PBA D-League Foundation Cup at the Jesus Christ Saves Global Outreach Gym Tuesday (May 30). Guard Jason Riley hit two pressure-laden free throws with 22 seconds left for the marginal points and the defense did their job in preserving the victory.
It was a tough loss for the Scorpions who surged ahead, 48-33, after scoring the first six points of the third canto. Wang’s then slowly crept back into contention behind the fourth period explosions of Michael Juico and Christian de Chavez.
Michole Sorela then tied the game with a jumper at the 26-second mark, 86-86, on an offensive recovery of Juico’s missed free throw. Rodrigue Ebondo then put CEU on top for the last time with a charity split, 87-86, after which the Scorpions immediately fouled Riley for the winning points.
“The team followed our defensive plan that is to always double Ebondo whenever he gets the ball under or near the basket,” said Coach Pablo Lucas. “They really showed that they were hungry for the win today.”
Juico scored 12 of his team high 26 points in the final period on top of eight rebounds and two assists. Timothy Habelito followed with 12 while de Chavez added 11.
Despite the tough defenses thrown at him, Ebondo still topped the Scorpions with 27 points, 20 rebounds and four blocks. JK Casino was next with 17 points and four assists.
How They Scored:
WANG’S BASKETBALL (88) – Juico 26, Habelito 12, de Chavez 11, Ambulodto 8, Asuncion 7, Riley 5, Herndon 4, Montemayor 4, Sorela 4, King 3, Arambulo 2, Importante 2.
CENTRO ESCOLAR (87) – Ebondo 27, Casino 17, Cruz 12, Uri 8, Manlangit 7, Aquino 6, Wamar 4, Intic 4, Arim 2, Jeruta 0, Saber 0, Baconcon 0, Guinitaran 0.
Period Scores: 12-14, 33-42, 57-66, 88-87.