Cedrick Labing-isa, John Tayongtong star as Wangs beats winless Blustar
John Tayongtong comes up with 18 points to help Wangs post back-to-back wins. PBA D-League Images

WANGS scored its second straight victory, beating winless Blustar Detergent, 87-78, on Thursday in the PBA D-League Aspirants' Cup on Thursday at the Ynares Sports Center in Pasig.

The Couriers, who followed up a pulsating 98-93 victory AMA Online Education, improved their playoff chances with a 3-5 win-loss record.

"Maganda nangyari samin kasi may pag-asa pa kami sa playoffs. Nakipag-coordinate sa akin yung mga players ko," said Wangs coach Pablo Lucas.

Cedrick Labing-isa and John Tayongtong spearheaded Wangs' attack with 18 points apiece.

Allen Enriquez scored 18, while John Tambeling added 14 points, combining for 20 points early as the Couriers erected a 49-38 halftime lead.

The Couriers led by as many as 20 in the third quarter before the Dragons pulled to within eight, 69-61.

Wangs broke loose only in the final minutes after Tayongtong scored four quick points to put the game away, 87-76.

Jason Melano scored 22 points, including 14 in the third period, for the Dragons, who remained listless in seven outings.

Wei Ong Yong added 14 points.

The scores:

Wangs 87 - Labing-isa 18, Tayongtong 18, Enriquez 14, Tambeling 12, Publico 9, Lasco 7, Regalado 4, Brana 3, Montuano 2, King 0, Salcedo 0.

Blustar 78 - Melano 22, Ong 14, Kwaan 12, Perez 8, Ang 7, Mak 6, Choong 4, Liaw 4, Chin 1, Heng 0.

Quarterscores: 27-14; 49-38; 71-61; 87-78.

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