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Banco de Oro stuns Wang’s five

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Dennice Villamor made a 3-pointer with a second remaining as Banco de Oro stunned Wangs Basketball, 83-81, on Monday in the PBA D-League Aspirants’ Cup at the JCSGO gym in Cubao, Quezon City.

It was only the second win in nine games for the Bulldogs, who rallied from a much as 12 points in the third quarter to bounce back from an 87-80 loss to Hog’s Breath Café last Thursday.

“We are trying new things. We will be losing five players and Bobby Ray (Ray Parks) remains uncertain for the next UAAP. So we are introducing new play patterns this early. Little by little the players are getting used to it,” said Banco de Oro assistant coach Joey Guanio, who worked the sidelines for the third straight game because head coach Eric Altamirano is still in the States scouting for Fil-Am prospects.

The Bulldogs also played without Parks. Guanio said their star forward is nursing a swollen right foot he sprained during the last game.

In the absence of their star forward, Banco de Oro turned to Joshua Alolino (15 points), Glenn Khobuntin (14 points), Robin Rono (13 points), Villamor (12 points) and Jethroy Rosario (10) and they didn’t disappoint their coach.

Wangs Basketball posted its biggest lead at 55-43 early in the third and the Couriers appeared to have the game clinched when Macky Acosta made one of two free throws for an 81-79 lead with 6.9 seconds left.

After a timeout, Alolino inbounded to Khobuntin, who drew three defenders. So he quickly tossed the ball to Villamor, who wide open from the 3-point range near the top of the key.

As soon as he got the ball, Villamor quickly took a shot that found nothing but net drawing wild celebration from the Bulldogs bench.

Villamor also grabbed 11 rebounds while Khobuntin, who came off the bench, also had 12 as Banco de Oro dominated the glass, 48-38.