PASIG CITY – Orlan Wamar showed his older opponents a thing or two as Centro Escolar University continued its rise up the 2017 PBA D-League Foundation Cup standing by beating Marinerong Pilipino, 70-57, at the Ynares Sports Arena Tuesday (July 4). The 18-year old guard scattered five triples to send the Scorpions to their fourth straight victory after losing their first two games.
Wamar went to work in the second period as he hit three triples for 10 points and giving CEU a 37-29 lead at halftime. The Scorpions had a slow start as they allowed the Skippers to take the first period, 17-14, with Achie Inigo leading the way.
The Skippers seemed to have never recovered from Wamar and CEU’s second period blitz. The Scorpions then went for the early knockout blow by dropping nine unanswered points for a 53-38 count after which Wamar returned to add two more triples to push them to their biggest lead, 68-49.
“I consider it as a blessing to play at a high level like this despite my young age,” said Wamar. “I just work hard by coming early to practice to shoot baskets and stay on hour after to shoot some more.”
Wamar added a free throw to finish with a team-best 16 points in 18 minutes of play. Rodrigue Ebondo followed with his usual double-double of 13 points and 18 rebounds.
Inigo was limited to three points after his first period explosion but still paced the Skippers with 13 points as they sank to 1-4. Mark Isip followed with 12 points and six rebounds.
How They Scored:
CENTRO ESCOLAR (70) – Wamar 16, Ebondo 13, Uri 11, Casio 8, Manlangit 5, Aquino 4, Arim 4, Cruz 4, Intic 3, Jeruta 2, Saber 0.
MARINERONG PILIPINO (57) – Inigo 13, Isip 12, Sargent 10, Javelona 6, Lopez 6, Moralde 4, Alabanza 3, Javillonar 2, Publico 1, Salcedo 0, Gumaru 0, Gavieres 0, Marata 0.
Period Scores: 14-12, 37-29, 56-45, 70-57.