March 15, 2019
WANGS Basketball beat Marinerong Pilipino, 88-78, in the 2019 PBA D-League on Thursday at Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig.
Arvin Tolentino poured 32 points on a 3-of-7 shooting from distance, alongside 12 rebounds and four blocks to help the Couriers rise to 2-1 in the Foundation Group.
However, the troika of Gelo Vito, Darius Estrella, and Radge Tongco allowed Wangs to halt Marinerong Pilipino’s two-game winning run throught tight defense in the fourth quarter.
The Couriers forced the Skippers to miss their first eight shots as they staged a 13-0 tear to swing the game from a 58-57 lead to a commanding 71-57 edge with 6:31 left on the clock.
Not even Felix Apreku and Jed Mendoza’s heroics could stop Wangs as Tolentino punctuated the win with a tough and-one over Art Aquino to made it a 10-point affair anew, 80-70 with 2:32 left.
Vito finished with 10 points, seven rebounds, and four assists off the bench, Estrella chipped in 10 points and five boards, and Tongco had 11 points and three assists in the win for the Couriers.
Orlan Wamar led the Skippers with 25 points on a 5-of-9 shooting from distance as Apreku registered a double-double of 14 points, 16 rebounds, and two assists.
The defeat sent Marinero down to an even 2-2 record.
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