WANG'S Ballclub edged Naascu champion Centro Escolar University, 77-58, recently to keep the solo lead in the 2014 MBL Open basketball championship at the Lumera gym in Legarda, Manila.
Mar Reyes scored six of his team-high 14 points in a third quarter run that enabled the Mandaluyong-based Wang’s to pull away and score their fourth straight win.
Reyes, who played for the MLQU Stallions in the collegiate leagues, outsmarted his younger and less-experienced CEU counterparts for most of the game while setting up his teammates for several easy layups.
St. Clare College standout Eric Acuna added 12 points, including a shot-clock beating three-pointer from the right corner that capped Wang's furious 21-8 third-quarter showing.
San Beda Alabang guard Lance Ingco also came through with five unanswered points in the third period, highlighted by a fearless drive to the basket infront of CEU's 6-foot-9 beanpole Aristote Mutombo.
Miguel Gastador was the lone player in double figures for the Scorpions with 15 points, including three triples.
Patrick Aquino and John Aranas added nine and eight points, respectively, for the Yong Garcia-mentored Scorpions.
CEU dropped to 0-3 in the seven-team tournament supported by Smart Sports, Ironcon Builders, Dickies Underwear, PRC Couriers and Zucchero Cafe.
Wang's Ballclub (77) — Reyes 14, Acuna 12, Montuano 12, Ferrer 10, Asoro 9, Berre 9, Ingco 7, Lina 4, Pabillano 0, Sanchez 0.
CEU (58) — Gastador 15, Aquino 9, Aranas 8, Silverie 6, Saber 6, Mutombo 2, Alvendia 2, Arim 2, De Leon 2, Mangaron 2, Cruz 2, Labiste 2.
Quarterscores: 17-10; 37-27; 58-35; 77-58.