by Jerome Lagunzad
Games Tomorrow (Ynares Sports Arena)
12 p.m. – Akari-Adamson vs Perpetual
2 p.m. – JRU vs Zark’s Burgers-Lyceum
Judel Fuentes drilled the go-ahead triple with 2.9 seconds left as Centro Escolar University survived Wang’s Basketball, 79-75, and seized the solo lead yesterday in the PBA D-League Aspirants Cup at the JCSGO Gym in Cubao, Quezon City.
Skipper Orlan Wamar sizzled with 26 points off the bench but it was his backcourt buddy Fuentes who came through with the most decisive bucket that shattered a 75-all count and steered the Scorpions to their eighth win in 10 starts despite playing without prized Congolose center Rod Ebondo, down with a back injury.
Jerrick Balanza played his finest game so far with 25 points while Bong Quinto added 16 points and 14 rebounds but all that went down the drain as the Couriers came up short in the stretch, leading to their fourth loss against five wins.