Wang's weathers late Victoria run to win in D-League return

By Dugout Philippines

PASIG—Wang's Basketball lost hold of a 21-point first half lead but recovered late to score a 92-83 win over Victoria Sports-MLQU at the Ynares Sports Arena on Thursday night.

Von Tambeling set the tone early, unloading 12 of his 17 points in the first half as the Couriers raced to a 49-28 lead.

Robbie Herndon led the second half rally, cutting the deficit to five, 72-67, with 7:12 in the fourth, but Wangs did just enough to secure the victory in the endgame.

"The win is because of our early preparation. We had communication both on offense and defense and maganda kasi nakapag-execute kami," said coach Pablo Lucas.

Marlon Gomez registered a double-double with 17 markers and 13 boards, to go with three assists in the win, while Rey Publico also got 14 points and six rebounds.

Herndon led Victoria Sports with 19 points and 10 rebounds, while John Ragasa had 16 markers in the defeat.

Box Scores:

Wang's 92-M. Gomez 17, Tambeling 17, Publico 14, Enriquez 10, Acosta 6, Tayongtong 5, Brana 4, Labing-isa 4, Montuano 4, Salcedo 4, Regalado 3, C. Gomez 2, King 2

Victoria-MLQU 83-Herndon 19, Ragasa 16, Koga 9, Nicholls 8, Plata 8, Grimaldo 7, Dionisio 6, Bitoon 4, Lao 4, Ayonayon 2, Mag-isa 0

Quarterscores: 22-21, 51-32, 66-58, 92-83

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