Wangs stiffens up late to step up to joint second
Rey Publico came up big in the endgame to lift Wangs-Letran to a share of second
Wangs Basketball-Colegio de San Juan de Letran outsteadied University of Perpetual Help in the endgame, scoring a 88-83 triumph to nab back-to-back victories in the 2018 PBA D-League Aspirants’ Cup on Thursday at the Ynares Arena in Pasig.
Rey Publico scored six of the Couriers’ final 10 points as they held off the Altas’ fightback late to improve to joint second place at 4-2.
He finished with 17 points and five rebounds while Bong Quinto contributed 14 markers, eight boards, and seven assists to help Wangs-Letran escape the clutches of Perpetual.
“A win is a win, pero syempre medyo masama pa rin yung nilaro namin especially on defense. Buti na lang noong second half, medyo naging agresibo kami kaya nakabalik,” said coach Jeff Napa.
JP Calvo added 12 points, six rebounds, and six dimes in the victory as both Jerrick Balanza and Christian Fajarito wound up with 10 markers.
Publico’s late spurt allowed the Couriers to remain above water, turning a slim 78-77 edge in the last 4:42 to an 84-81 lead with 54 ticks left.
Perpetual stayed in the game after Prince Eze scored on a jumper with 47 seconds remaining, but Bonbon Batiller got his layup in the next possession before AJ Coronel muffed his potential game-tying triple.
Quinto put the game under wraps as he canned a pair of freebies in the clutch.
Edgar Charcos fired 29 points, seven rebounds, and six assists for Perpetual while the Nigerian Eze got 26 markers, 12 boards, and five blocks in the defeat.
The Altas sunk to 2-4 with their second consecutive loss.
WANGS BASKETBALL-LETRAN 88 — Publico 17, Quinto 14, Calvo 12, Balanza 10, Fajarito 10, Batiller 8, Mandreza 6, Ambohot 4, Yu 3, Balagasay 2, Trinidad 2, Taladua 0.
PERPETUAL 83 — Charcos 29, Eze 26, Coronel 8, Peralta 8, Villanueva 6, Aurin 2, Mangalino 2, Tiburcio 2, Pido 0, Tamayo 0.
QUARTER SCORES: 25-10, 40-38, 65-62, 88-83.