Marinerong Pilipino notched its first back-to-back victories in the 2018 PBA D-League Aspirants' Cup, trouncing Wangs Basketball-Letran, 96-84, Thursday at Pasig Sports Center.
The Skippers rose up the standings with their 3-2 record as they set the pace and ran the Couriers to the ground with 22 fastbreak points and 23 assists.
Renzo Subido and Abu Tratter sparked a decisive 18-2 run bridging the second and third quarters as the Skippers turn a 40-all deadlock to a 58-42 advantage. The lead ballooned to 23 points several times in the fourth quarter.
Rian Ayonayon led Marinerong Pilipino with 14 points, six assists, and four rebounds, Billy Robles chipped in 12 markers and five boards, and Subido shot 12 points on a 4-of-6 clip from beyond the arc as the three-guard combo once again showed the way for the Skippers.
Kyle Toth was equally as lethal from downtown, going 4-of-6 from threes to tally 12 markers, while Gab Banal added a double-double with his 10 points and 15 rebounds.
"We're just happy that everybody came in with laser-focus and executed our game plan well," said coach Koy Banal. "Everybody knows the game plan, believed in it, and understood it."
Bong Quinto anchored Wangs-Letran with 22 points to drop to 2-2.
MARINERONG PILIPINO 96 -- Ayonayon 14, Robles 12, Subido 12, Toth 12, Banal 10, Tratter 9, Pasaol 8, Lopez 7, Paredes 5, Brill 2, I?igo 2, Tolentino 2, Babilonia 1, Terso 0.
WANGS BASKETBALL-LETRAN 84 -- Quinto 22, Mandreza 11, Publico 11, Calvo 9, Balagasay 6, Muyang 6, Taladua 6, Fajarito 5, Batiller 4, Ambohot 2, Trinidad 2, Balanza 0, Vacaro 0, Yu 0.
Quarters: 21-23, 47-40, 75-54, 96-84.