Wangs-Letran rallies from 19 down to frustrate Che'Lu-Baste

ABS-CBN Sports on Jan 29, 2018 07:19 PM
Wangs-Letran rallies from 19 down to frustrate Che'Lu-Baste
Bong Quinto showed the way in a 29-point final frame that eventually ended as back-to-back wins for Wangs-Letran

Rey Publico came to the rescue of Wangs Basketball-Colegio de San Juan de Letran as he scored the go-ahead bucket to lift his side to a classic 83-82 squeaker over Che’Lu Bar and Grill-San Sebastian College-Recoletos to stay unbeaten in the 2018 PBA D-League Aspirants’ Cup on Monday at Pasig's Ynares Arena.

The veteran center recovered a fumble off of a Jeo Ambohot pass and drained the critical undergoal stab with 4.1 seconds remaining as the Couriers punctuated the awe-inspiring comeback from 19 points down.

“Actually, yun yung designed play. Kay Jeo yung lob pass pero maganda yung defense nila. Na-fumble tapos napunta kay Rey. Ayun, pumasok,” said coach Jeff Napa.

Bong Quinto led the fourth quarter uprising as he dropped 13 of his 21 points in the final frame while also collecting a total 12 rebounds, four assists, and two steals.

His efforts triggered Wangs-Letran’s 25-5 turnaround which swung a 54-73 deficit early in the period to a 79-78 lead and set up the nip-and-tuck battle late.

Ambohot registered a double-double with 14 markers and 10 boards to go along two dimes and two blocks, JP Calvo went 3-of-5 from threes to shoot 13 points, four rebounds, and two assists, and Publico wound 12 markers, six in the last 12 minutes, while also nabbing six boards.

Napa, however, isn’t putting too much thought on his side’s 2-0 run, saying: “That doesn’t mean na maganda na ang tinatakbo namin.”

“Masaya lang ako na yung puso ng Letranista, 'di kami bumibitaw.”

Michael Calisaan paced the Revellers (1-1) with 21 points and six rebounds in the defeat.

BOX SCORES

WANGS BASKETBALL-LETRAN 83 — Quinto 21, Ambohot 14, Calvo 13, Publico 12, Mandreza 7, Muyang 6, Fajarito 3, Batiller 3, Balanza 2, Trinidad 2, Balagasay 0, Taladua 0.

CHE’LU BAR AND GRILL-SAN SEBASTIAN 82 - Calisaan 21, Bulanadi 15, Jeruta 13, De Leon 12, Batino 11, David 5, Ilagan 5, Calma 0, Costelo 0, Faundo 0, Santos 0, Valdez 0.

QUARTER SCORES: 24-14, 41-41, 54-71, 83-82.

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