Wang’s, Star shine in MBL

DEFENDING champion Wang’s Ballclub held off erstwhile solo leader Manuel Luis Quezon University, 100-95, while Star Group of Publications  subdued  debuting Rizal Technological University, 100-92, in the 2010 MBL Invitational basketball championship  at the RTU gym in Mandaluyong City.

Wang’s got a big lift from veteran guard Mario Reyes and former Talk and  Text mainstay Jonathan Aldave to stave off repeated rallies by  MLQU and clinch its second straight win in this nine-team tournament supported by Smart Communications, Dickies Underwear and PRC Managerial Services.

Reyes, who  once played for MLQU during his collegiate days,  scored four straight points  in the last 35 seconds  to shatter the game’s last deadlock at 95-all and came up with a huge steal to frustrate the Stallions’ final offensive play.

Aldave,  topscored  with 21 points,  including a  back-breaking three-point shot that  put Wang’s ahead,  89-87.

Sar Group drew  another balanced scoring attack to repulse RTU in another high-scoring contest and improved its record to 2-1..

Jong Bondoc scattered a team-high 31 points and Lester Reyes added 22 points for the Starmen, who came up with the timely baskets in the closing period to silence the  Beaujing Acot-mentored Thunder. Radito Torres

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