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New-look EcoOil-La Salle overpowers Wangs-Letran to open D-League campaign

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Tiebreaker Times New-look EcoOil-La Salle overpowers Wangs-Letran to open D-League campaign Basketball CSJL DLSU News PBA D-League  Wangs-Letran Knights Kenny Rogers Rocacurva Justine Baltazar Joshua David Fran Yu Encho Serrano Bonnie Tan Ato Ular Allen Mina Aljun Melecio 2020 PBA D-League Season 2020 PBA D-League Aspirants Cup
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EcoOil-La Salle staved off a late rally from Wangs-Letran, 102-90, to notch an opening day win in the 2020 PBA D-League Aspirants’ Cup, Monday at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.

The Green Archers saw a balanced effort in attack, while also giving new head coach Derrick Pumaren his first win at the helm.

Encho Serrano topped EcoOil-La Salle with 19 points, eight rebounds, three assists. Meanwhile, backcourt partner Aljun Melecio scored 15 points built on four treys, alongside eight assists, and six boards.

Justine Baltazar was also a force in the paint with his double-double of 16 points, 12 rebounds, three assists, and two blocks. Senegalese center Amadou Ndiaye got himself 12 points, eight boards, and two rejections.

Sophomore Joshua David also stepped up, contributing 12 points, eight assists, six rebounds, two steals, and two blocks for the Green Archers.

It was an impressive showing for EcoOil-La Salle, who used a 17-6 start to run away with the game early. They even tasted a 19-point lead, 53-34, late in the second quarter.

However, fouls kept the window open for Wangs-Letran, as Fran Yu buoyed his side back and got to within six, 84-78, with 5:27 left.

Serrano, Melecio, and Baltazar had other plans, though. The trio staged an 8-2 blast to restore order, 92-80 with 3:55 remaining to run away with the victory.

“We’re still far from the form that I want them. We’ve been making mistakes defensively and we’ve been fouling a lot, so it’s still a long way to go for us,” said Pumaren.

On the other hand, Yu anchored the Knights with 24 points, five assists, four rebounds, and two steals. Kenny Rocacurva had 15 points, four dimes, and three boards.

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Wangs-Letran sorely missed the presence of big men Larry Muyang and Christian Fajarito, as it opened up the conference on a bad note.


The Scores:

Ecooil-DLSU 102 – Serrano 19, Baltazar 16, Melecio 15, David 12, Ndiaye 12, Manuel 9, Hill 6, Bartlett 6, Vales 5, Cu 2, Bates 0.

Wangs-CSJL 90 — Yu 24, Rocacurva 15, Ular 13, Mina 12, Reyson 9, Javillonar 8, Ambohot 4, Brutas 3, Guarino 2, Pambid 0, Ariar 0, Monje 0, Banez 0.

Quarterscores: 24-15, 55-40, 75-63, 102-90.

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