The Victoria Sports-MLQU Stallions got the silver lining they had hoped for, turning back the Blustar Detergent Dragons, 85-76, to wrap up their Aspirants’ Cup stint, Tuesday afternoon at the JCSGO Gym in Cubao, Quezon City.
Fighting for pride, Victoria banked on Robbie Herndon to carry the load, finishing with 19 points and 13 rebounds to snap their three-game losing skid and finish the conference with a 2-7 record.
“Sabi ko sa players na tapusin namin ng maganda yung liga. Kahit na winless yung kalaban, hindi namin sila dapat binabalewala,” said coach Jinino Manansala.
Michael Ayonayon chimed in 14 markers and 10 rebounds. Ryusei Koga added 11 points and four assists, and Jayson Grimaldo had 10 markers and nine rebounds for Victoria. The Stallions missed the services of Aris Dionisio, who was out for personal reasons.
Already eliminated from the playoff race, Victoria stamped their class over the Dragons, slowly pulling away before
establishing a 17-point edge, 65-48, with 8:17 remaining in the fourth quarter.
Despite the exit, Manansala can be proud, knowing that his players made the most of their experience.
“This was really a good experience for us. Mahirap tanggapin yung laging talo, pero malaking bagay na yung experience na nakuha namin dito,” he said.
Tristan Perez finished with 19 points and nine rebounds for the Blustar squad, who went winless in their nine games this conference.
Victoria Sports-MLQU (85) – Herndon 19, Ayonayon 14, Koga 11, Grimaldo 10, Lao 9, Nicholls 9, Ragasa 7, Bitoon 6, Baliday 0, Cariaga 0, Dela Cruz 0, Puspus 0, Rivera 0.
Blustar (76) – Perez 19, Ang 12, Choong 11, Mak 10. Melano 10, Kwaan 7, Heng 3, Liaw 2, Chin 2, Ong 0.
Quarterscores: 20-15, 42-31, 61-48, 85-76.
After winless World Cup, Robert Bolick glad to get back on winning track
Back to the drawing board for Cariaso as Alaska struggles on defense
Ammons, NorthPort survive Rain or Shine for opening win
Despite 30-20 game, Khaspri Alston still not at his peak
Rhenz Abando receives pleasant surprise after UST loss to Ateneo
Joe Silva resigns from UE as Bong Tan takes over
Chongson on Joe Silva: ‘When he left, no big deal sa mga players’
Aaron Black posts crazy 45-18-12 line, punches AMA’s QF ticket
- News3 days ago
UAI withdraws support to UP Lady Maroons due to Okumu
- AdU3 days ago
Rose Dampios nails winner as Adamson silences UST
- Basketball4 days ago
Christiana Dimaunahan makes NU debut six months after ACL tear
- ADMU2 days ago
JM Bernardo sparks UP rout of UE to open UAAP Men’s Badminton campaign