Wangs Basketball shocked Racal Motors, 93-84, to post its second straight win in the 2017 Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) D-League Foundation Cup on Monday at the Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig City.
Michole Sorela and Chris Bitoon led the Couriers’ strong fourth quarter to carry their squad to a 3-2 win-loss slate, the franchise’s best start in the league.
Bitoon had eight of the team-high 22 points while Sorela scattered 10 of his 13 markers in the payoff period as Wangs withstood the late run of the Alibaba.
Robert Herndon posted a double-double with 17 markers and 13 boards while Christian Dechavez chipped in 13 markers for Wangs.
“We caught a big fish but and with the determination and collaborative effort, we were able to upset them,” said Couriers head coach Pablo Lucas.
“We got our chemistry going in the second half. We just have to sustain and maintain this kind of play,” he added.
Trailing by two points after the first half, 45-47, Wangs got its acts together and took the lead at 66-63, entering the final period.
Sorela anchored the Couriers’ sizzling start in the payoff period, pouring six straight points to help Wangs build a 76-68 cushion with 5:51 remaining.
Allan Mangahas and Ryan Ayonayon tried to rally Racal back with back-to-back baskets, 72-76, but Sorela and Bitoon provided the huge baskets to widen the gap, 81-72, with 3:49 left in the game.
Alibaba staged another run to close the gap at 78-85, but Wangs employed defensive plays down the stretch to seal the victory.
Marlon Gomez notched 15 points and six rebounds while Roider Cabrera and Gwynne Capacio scored 14 and 12 markers, respectively, for Alibaba, who absorbed their second straight loss after starting the tournament with 2-0.
WANGS 93 – Bitoon 22, Herndon 17, Dechavez 13, Sorela 13, Habelito 10, Juico 9, Arambulo 4, Montemayor 3, Riley 2, Ambulodto 0, Asuncion 0, King 0, Tayongtong 0.
RACAL 84 – Gomez 15, Cabrera 14, Capacio 12, Lozada 11, Cortes 9, Mangahas 8, Tallo 8, Ayonayon 4, Dela Cruz 2, Apreku 1, Abrigo 0, Ortouste 0, Salado 0.
Quarterscores: 29-24, 45-47, 66-63, 93-84