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Tanduay gives rude D-League welcome to Blu-Malaysia


By Ivan Saldajeno

QUEZON CITY--Blu-Malaysia fumbled in their PBA D-League debut as they fell prey to Tanduay, 94-71, in their Foundation Cup meeting at the JCSGO Gym on Monday.

The Rhum Masters raced to a double-digit lead early on and never gave the Dragons a chance to recover, eventually swelling the lead to 36 before settling for the 23-point winning margin.

Val Acuña led five Tanduay players in double figures with 14 points as all but one player scored for the team.

Kuek Tian Yuan had a game-high 23 markers for Blu-Malaysia, which is using the tournament as a buildup for the upcoming ABL season.

The Dragons actually play back-to-back games to start their campaign as they take on the Cafe France-CEU Bakers next on Tuesday at the said venue at 4 p.m., right after the Mindanao-Racal match at 2 p.m.

Box Scores:

Tanduay 94-Acuna 14, Javillonar 13, Celda 11, Mendoza 10, Vigil 10, Alolino 9, Santos 6, Enguio 5, Lingganay 5, Belencion 3, Stevens 3, Tagarda 3, Gotladera 2, Acibar 0

Blu-Malaysia 71-Kuek 23, Wong 12, Ting 11, Ma 9, Choo 5, Yeo 4, Liaw 3, Teo 3, Mak 1, Kamarrudin 0, Ong 0, Palma 0

Quarterscores: 37-12, 51-26, 71-47, 94-71

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