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Marinerong Pilipino gives Zark's-Lyceum rude welcome to D-League

MANILA, Philippines – Marinerong Pilipino underscored its status as one of the teams to beat in the 2018 PBA D-League Aspirants Cup, as it defeated fellow contender Zark's Burger-Lyceum, 94-92, on Thursday at the Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig City.

The Skippers led by as much as 17 points in the third quarter before holding firm in crunch time to fend off the Jawbreakers.

Marinerong Pilipino celebrates after scoring against Zark's Burger-Lyceum in their PBA D-League game. Richard Esguerra, ABS-CBN Sports
It was a rude welcome to the D-League for Zark's Burger-Lyceum, which is composed of the core of the Pirates that won 18 straight games in the NCAA Season 93 tournament before losing in the Finals to the San Beda Red Lions.

"This (Lyceum) team will fight until the end, grind through the game down the stretch, and that's what we've been reminding our players," said Marinerong Pilipino coach Koy Banal after the game. "The players stepped up."

"May players na nag-deliver para sa amin down the stretch," he added.

Renzo Subido fired 20 points and dished out five assists, while Rian Ayonayon contributed 15 points. Papot Paredes and Gab Banal each scored 14 points, with the latter also grabbing 14 rebounds for a double-double performance.

Author: Camille B. Naredo, ABS-CBN News
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