PBA D-League: Wangs Basketball stuns CEU with fiery finish

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The Wangs Basketball Couriers celebrate after taking the lead against CEU. Richard Esguerra, ABS-CBN Sports

MANILA, Philippines – Wangs Basketball rose to the occasion and clipped Centro Escolar University (CEU) from behind, 88-87, for its first win in the 2017 PBA D-League Foundation Cup on Tuesday at the JCSGO Gym in Cubao.

Trailing by 10, 72-82, with just 2:41 to play, the Couriers proceeded to outscore CEU, 16-5, capped by a pair of free throws from Jason Riley for the one-point lead with 22.9 seconds to go.

Rod Ebondo and Art Aquino had their chances to put the Scorpions ahead anew, but the two players both misfired from close range as time expired.

“‘Yung mga bata, uhaw sa panalo,” said coach Pablo Lucas. “Sumunod sila sa ame plan, at ‘yun ang nagpanalo sa amin.”

Michael Juico came up big in the payoff period, scoring 12 of his 26 points in the final frame while also adding eight rebounds and two assists.

Tim Habelito, meanwhile, had 12 points and nine boards, while Christian De Chavez added 11 for Wangs.

CEU’s meltdown wasted an impressive 27-point, 20-rebound, four-block effort from Ebondo. JK Casiño had 17 markers and four assists in the loss.

The scores:

WANGS 88 – Juico 26, Habelito 12, De Chavez 11, Amboludto 8, Asuncion 7, Riley 5, Herndon 4, Montemayor 4, Sorela 4, King 3, Arambulo 2, Importante 2.

CEU 87 – Ebondo 27, Casiño 17, Cruz 12, Uri 8, Manlangit 7, Aquino 6, Intic 4, Wamar 4, Arim 2, Baconcon 0, Guinitaran 0, Jeruta 0, Saber 0.

Quarters: 12-14, 33-42, 57-60, 88-87

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