MP HOTEL notched its first win in the PBA D-League with a rousing 87-70 victory over Wangs Basketball in the Aspirants Cup on Thursday at the Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig City.
JR Sumido had 14 points, Jessie Collado scored 13, while Rene Pacquiao added 11 markers as the Warriors won big after dropping their first game against Café France.
Sumido scored 10 points in the second quarter as the Manny Pacquiao-owned Warriors outscored Wangs, 28-15, to post a big lead at the half, 42-28.
Collado joined forces with Pacquiao as they had 12 of MP Hotel’s 19 points in the third to maintain its big lead in the contest.
“Nanibago kami sa tawag ng referee (sa first game namin). Pero sabi ko nga sa kanila, ibalik natin ’yung depensa namin, ’yun ang motivation namin,” said MP Hotel coach Arvin Bonleon.
MP Hotel won even after the ejection of its top big man Hernal Escosio after being slapped with his second technical foul in the second period.
Wangs fell to 1-1 after its opening day victory against AMA University.
MP Hotel (87) – Sumido 14, Collado 13, Pacquiao 11, Allen 9, McCarthy 9, Morillo 9, Escosio 6, Yaya 4, Blanco 4, Belorio 4, Calo 2, Bulac 2, Landicho 1, Hainga 0.
Wangs (70) – Acosta 10, Montuano 9, Juico 8, Mendoza 8, Pontejos 7, Miranda 7, Arambulo 6, Acidre 5, Importante 4, Rosopa 4, Acuna 2, Vijandre 0, Lina 0.
Quarterscores: 14-13; 42-28; 61-48; 87-70.