PASIG CITY – Wang’s Basketball needed the good fourth period efforts of Christopher Bitoon and Michole Sorela to bring down Racal Motors, 93-84, at the 2017 PBA D-League Foundation Cup Monday (June 26) at the Ynares Sports Arena. This marks Wang’s second win in a row as they assumed solo Fifth Place with three wins in five games.
Racal actually led at the halftime break, 47-45, but an early Wang’s run in the third anchored on Bitoon and capped by a Christian Dechavez three-point play gave them the lead for good with three minutes left in the period, 59-57. From there, Bitoon and Sorela put in the crucial baskets to maintain their distance and frustrate Racal which slid to its second straight defeat after opening the tournament with two blowout wins.
“There is unity in the team because the wall separating our Fil-foreign and homegrown player is no more so our chemistry is getting better,” said Coach Pablo Lucas. “We are just carrying the momentum from our good win last time.”
Bitoon scattered a total of 22 points plus five steals to key the win. Robert Herndon was next with 17 points and 13 rebounds while Sorela finished with 10 of his 13 points in the fourth period on top of six rebounds.
Racal’s newest acquisition Marlon Gomez made his debut with a team-high 15 points and six rebounds. Roider Cabrera started hot with 10 points in the opening period but would only score again in the fourth period for a total of 14 points.
How They Scored:
WANG’S BASKETBALL (93) – Bitoon 22, Herndon 17, Sorela 13, Dechavez 13, Habelito 10, Juico 9, Arambulo 4, Montemayor 3, Riley 2, Asuncion 0, Ambulodto 0, Tayongtong 0, King 0.
RACAL MOTORS (84) – Gomez 15, Cabrera 14, Capacio 12, Lozada 11, Cortes 9, Mangahas 8, Tallo 8, Ayonayon 4, de la Cruz 2, Apreku 1, Abrigo 0, Salado 0, Ortuoste 0.
Period Scores: 29-24, 45-47, 66-63, 93-84.