Victoria staves off Blustar to end D-League campaign

first_imgPBA IMAGESVictoria Sports-MLQU gained some measure of pride, holding off Blustar Detergent, 85-76, to end its 2017 PBA D-League Aspirants’ Cup campaign Tuesday at JCSGO Gym in Cubao.With both teams already out of contention, Victoria showed its prowess over the Dragons, slowly breaking away and leading by as much as 17, 65-48, with 8:17 remaining in the fourth quarter to snap its three-game losing skid.ADVERTISEMENT “I told the players that we wanted to finish the league on a bright note. Even if we’re facing a winless team in Blustar, we shouldn’t discount them and gave everyone a chance to play,” said coach Jinino Manansala.Robbie Herndon paced Victoria (2-7) with 19 points and 13 rebounds, while Michael Ayonayon added 14 markers and 10 rebounds.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnRyusei Koga chipped in 11 points and four assists, while Jayson Grimaldo had 10 markers and nine rebounds to make up for the absence of Aris Dionisio who was out due to personal reasons.Despite exiting the tournament early, Manansala only had great things to say about his side’s stint, noting that it gave his lesser known players the exposure they badly craved for. Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town ‘It’s not my shame’: Why Filipino women are calling out sexual misconduct on social media “This was really a good experience for us. It’s hard to accept losing, but we treasure the experience we gained in this campaign,” he said.Blustar exited the tournament winless after nine games.Tristan Perez led the Dragons with 19 points and nine rebounds, while Alvin Ang got 12.The Scores:VICTORIA 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.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Prince Harry: ‘No other option’ but to cut royal ties ‘Vin-sanity’ as Carter inspires Grizzlies win MOST READ ‘Bad Boys for Life’ debuts so good with box office top spot Taal Volcano evacuees warned against going home ‘1917’ takes top honor at the Producers Guild Awards LATEST STORIES Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos Duterte promises to look for funds to establish rail transport in Cebu Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite View commentslast_img