Blustar Detergent raided Topstar ZC Mindanao and came away with an 89-75 victory on Thursday, marking the Dragons’ first win in the 2016 PBA D-League Foundation Cup at Strike Gym in Bacoor, Cavite.
Showing signs of promise through their first four defeats, the Malaysians finally figured things out and stringed a memorable performance to show why they are indeed a dangerous team in this tournament.
Leaning behind Juami Tiongson, Blustar just went to work, breaking off in the second quarter courtesy of an 11-0 run and erecting a 15-point halftime lead, 48-33, which would even balloon to 26, 84-58, midway in the fourth.
Tiongson finished with 24 points, nine rebounds, and four assists.
“I can just give the credit to Tiongson,” said coach Goh Cheng Huat. “He’s the guy who is pushing our whole team. We need one guy like him and he’s a good example for us to learn from.”
Wong Yi Hou chimed in 19 markers and seven boards, while Kuek Tian Yuan tallied a double-double with 18 points, 11 rebounds, and six dimes.
Though Goh is happy with what he’s seeing, he refuses to let his guard down and preaches his Dragons to keep on grinding.
“We’re slightly seeing improvements, but today’s win still isn’t impressive. We need to improve more,” he said.
Gino Jumao-as paced Topstar ZC Mindanao (0-4) with 16 points.
BLUSTAR 89 – Tiongson 24, Wong 19, Kuek 18, Choo 9, Ma 8, Ting 6, Yeo 5, Liaw 0, Mak 0, Ong 0, Palma 0, Teo 0, Tong 0.
TOPSTAR ZC MINDANAO 75 – Jumao-as 16, Garcia 11, Ferrer 10, Ongteco 10, Cawaling 7, Acosta 6, Argamino 4, Tano 4, Rono 3, Sarangay 3, Rivera 1, Cabrera 0, Ignacio 0.
Quarters: 24-16, 48-33, 72-54, 89-75.