WANGS Basketball defeated The Masterpiece Clothing-Trinity University of Asia, 89-69, in the 2019 PBA D-League Thursday at Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig.
Arvin Tolentino and Daryl Singontiko showed the way as the Couriers used a 19-5 blast from a 48-42 lead.
Axel Inigo capped off that tear, drilling a triple that made it a 67-47 affair late in the frame as Wangs fired 23 points in that period alone as the lead further swelled to 25, 76-51 in the payoff period.
"Yung pressure defense namin, isa sa malaking bagay noong third quarter. Talagang pinahirapan namin sila mag-receive ng bola lalo na si (Michael) Canete dahil siya ang gumagawa sa kanila," said coach Pablo Lucas.
Tolentino went 3-of-8 from downtown to pace the Couriers with 13 points and 10 rebounds, while Inigo had 12 points, six rebounds and four assists.
Radge Tongco also played big with his 13 points, five assists and three boards, as Rickson Gerero had 12 points and five rebounds.
"Sobrang saya namin kasi nakita naman namin ang effort. Lahat ng pinaghirapan namin, nagbunga," added Lucas as Wangs joined the early leaders in the Foundation Group.
Michael Canete held the fort for the White Stallions as he notched 19 points and 10 rebounds, as Levi dela Cruz got 11 points, six boards, five assists and five steals.
Wangs Basketball 89 - Tolentino 13, Tongco 13, Inigo 12, Gerero 12, Santos 10, De Mesa 8, Singontiko 6, Estrella 6, Bulawan 4, Vito 3, Padua 2, Lucas 0, Lim 0, Brojan 0, Wong 0.
The Masterpiece-Trinity 69 - Canete 19, Dela Cruz 11, Balucanag 8, Mandreza 5, Concepcion 5, Villoria 5, Abanes 5, Biteng 4, Reyes 4, Nidoy 3, De Guzman 0, Montero 0.
Quarterscores: 24-20; 44-35; 67-48; 89-69.