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    CEU Scorpions sting Wangs to inch closer to D-League top seed

    May 14, 2019
    Tyron Chan leads the Scorpions' balanced attack.
    PHOTO: dante peralta

    CENTRO Escolar University moved closer to clinching the top seed in the Foundation Group, waylaying Wangs Basketball by 44, 116-72, Tuesday in the 2019 PBA D-League at Ynares Sports Arena.

    Hiking their record to 7-1 and already armed with a twice-to-beat advantage heading to the playoffs, the Scorpions further brandished their prowess with a 38-17 start to set the tone for the massacre, which saw them grab a lead as high as 47 late in the game.

    Tyron Chan uncorked 23 of his 32 points in the first half to lead the mauling, while also collecting 10 rebounds, five assists, and four steals.

    Senegalese center Maodo Malick Diouf wound up with 20 points, 16 rebounds, eight assists, and five rejections, while Judel Fuentes chipped in 16 points and five rebounds.

    John Formento, Christian Uri, and John Rojas also got to double-digits in scoring for CEU.

    "We got derailed sa NU and we didn't take care of things in the second half," said coach Derrick Pumaren, looking back at his side's 74-67 defeat to SMDC-NU last April 25. "Ngayon, we made sure to take care of things."

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    Daryl Singontiko, Rey de Mesa, and Julian Pallatao all got 12 in the season-ending loss for Wangs.

    The Couriers suffered their fifth straight defeat to bow out of the competition at 3-6.

    The scores:

    CEU 116 -- Chan 32, Diouf 20, Fuentes 16, Formento 12, Uri 11, Rojas 10, Diaz 6, Lisbo 5, Pamaran 2, Abastillas 2, Ke. Caballero 0.

    WANGS 72 -- Singontiko 12, De Mesa 12, Pallatao 12, Tambeling 8, Wong 8, Gerero 8, Lim 5, Ilac 3, Brojan 2, Alano 2, Mocon 0, Evangelista 0.

    Quarters: 38-17, 55-29, 82-54, 116-72.

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    Tyron Chan leads the Scorpions' balanced attack.
    PHOTO: dante peralta
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