UP QRS/Jam Liner pounces on porous Wangs defense to stay alive for top four finish in Aspirants Cup
Raul Soyud comes up with 21 points and 10 rebounds for UP QRS Jam. Dante Peralta

UNIVERSITY of the Philippines-QRS/Jam Liner pounced on Wangs Basketball’s porous interior defense to roll to an 80-69 victory and stay in the running for a top four berth at the elimination round of the PBA D-League Aspirants Cup on Thursday at the Ynares Arena.

Former pros Raul Soyud and Raymond Aguilar frolicked in the paint to post double-doubles, with Soyud tallying 21 points and 10 boards and Aguilar adding 16 markers and 18 caroms to lead the Maroons, who hiked their win-loss record to 4-3 to keep a firm grip on fifth spot.

"Like everybody says, you take it one game at a time and control our own destiny,” team consultant Joe Ward said. “If we win our next game, hopefully, we'll still be in the top four.”

A top four finish has a twice-to-beat incentive in the quarterfinals.

The Maroons also compounded the misery of the Couriers, who absorbed a sixth loss in seven outings to get stuck at the bottom of the nine-team standings.

James Mangahas tallied 16 points and six boards, while Gwayne Capacio chipped in 14 points and seven rebounds for Wangs in a losing effort.


The scores:

UP QRS/ JAM LINER 80 - Soyud 21, Aguilar 16, Alolino 13, Baloria 10, Ferrer 10, Lim 8, Sorela 2, Batino 0, Dario 0, Neypes 0

WANGS 69 – Mangahas 17, Capacio 14, Bautista 10, Ilad 7, Ragasa 7, Jo. Montemayor 4, Publico 4, Acosta 2, Romero 2, Tayongtong 2, Cabahug 0, Tumalip 0

Quarterscores: 16-16, 39-33, 62-52, 80-69

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