MANILA, Philippines – The Manny Pacquiao-owned MP Hotel Warriors bounced back from their opening day loss by blowing out Wangs Basketball, 87-70, on Thursday, October 30 at the Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig to notch their first win and go 1-1 in the 2015 PBA D-League Aspirants Cup.
JR Sumido topscored for MP Hotel with 14 points to go with 6 rebounds while Jessie Collado added 13 markers.
Manny’s cousin Rene Pacquiao debuted for the Warriors with a double-double of 11 points, 11 rebounds and 3 assists.
The 6-foot-5 Rene was drafted by PBA expansion team KIA Sorento but wasn’t included in the final line-up. Instead he was relegated to the D-League. The former Southwestern University forward has played in the D-League briefly in 2013 before moving back home to Cebu.
The Warriors pulled away from Wangs in the last 7 minutes of the first half courtesy of a back-breaking 20-8 run to put them up 42-28 at halftime.
They went on cruise control the rest of the way, refusing to experience a repeat of the same forgettable debut they suffered against Cafe France on Monday, October 27.
Mark Acosta was the sole player in double figures for Wangs with his 10 points as his team fell to 1-1.
Jumbo Plastic nips Bread Story-Lyceum
Meanwhile, Jumbo Plastic Linoleum climbed out of a 16-point hole to nip Bread Story-Lyceum, 79-74, in the day’s main game.
Jumbo Plastic trailed by 16-32 with less than 4 minutes to go in the second before chipping away at the deficit to stay within 29-34 heading into the third.
But Bread Story still held double-digit bubbles over Jumbo Plastic in the third frame.
It was early in the payoff period that Jumbo Plastic overturned a 50-58 Bready Story lead with a 9-0 burst to take the lead for good, 59-58.
Jaymo Eguilos led the way with 14 points and 6 rebounds while Joseph Terso added 11.
Bread Story’s Joseph Gabayni hit a game-high 18 points on 7-of-11 field goals in a losing cause.
Cagayan Valley vs MJM Builders
Finally, the Cagayan Valley Rising Suns punched in their first win this conference over MJM Builders-FEU, 94-86, during the first game.
Jose Rizal University stalwart Michael Mabulac exploded for 20 points and 13 rebounds for the Rising Suns, who started creating separation from their opponents with a 51-42 halftime advantage.
Cagayan held double-digit leads until well into the fourth frame. MJM Builders made it just an 88-83 ballgame with under two minutes remaining but Mabulac countered with the dagger basket to halt momentum, 90-83.
MJM Builders is made up of Far Eastern University players mixed with cagers from UAAP rival schools, including Glenn Khobuntin and Gelo Alolino from the Tamaraws’ Finals antagonists and eventual champions National University.
FEU star guard Mike Tolomia wound up with 15 points and 6 assists while Alolino added 13 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists.
Here are some images from the games taken by Nuki Sabio/PBA Images
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