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iWalk trumps Hazchem, Nailtalk suffers third straight loss

iWalk unveiled its full power late as it blasted Hazchem, 90-76, for its first win in the 2019 PBA D-League Foundation Cup at Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig Monday.

Wowie Escosio uncorked 17 of his 22 points in the second half as he played a big part of the Chargers' pullaway in the fourth quarter, where they scored 16 unanswered points to flip a 64-62 deficit to a 78-64 lead with 3:25 remaining.

He also grabbed six rebounds as iWalk rose to 1-1 in Group A.

Jasper Parker added 12 points and six boards, JM Cruz tallied a double-double with 10 points, 12 rebounds, five assists, five steals, and two blocks, and Bernie Bregondo also chipped in 10 points and nine boards for the Chargers.

More importantly, it was the first head coaching victory for Jonas Villanueva, who was all smiles after the final buzzer.

"I need to get used to it," he sighed. "As a coach, I'm trying to develop the team while also trying to learn as a coach."

Raymark Matias powered the Green Warriors with 15 points and eight rebounds, while Kris Torrado had 11 points, six boards, and four assists. It was the second straight defeat for Hazchem as it fell to a 1-2 slate.

Asia's Lashes Tomas Morato broke away in the third quarter for 77-62 victory over Nailtalk-St. Dominic.

Jhygruz Laude flung 16 points, six rebounds, five assists, and three steals off the bench, including the layup that gave the Soldiers a 17-point lead, 79-56, with 2:08 to play.

Rickson Gerero pinched in 10 points and four boards while Francis Camacho scored 10 in the win.

It was a different Asia's Lashes squad which showed up after the halftime break, piling up 31 points in the third quarter that turned a 26-32 deficit to a commanding 57-42 lead after three. The win allowed the Soldiers to bounce back from their 107-77 defeat to CEU two weeks ago.

Cameroonian big man Rudolph Mienlam poured 15 points, 11 rebounds, and two blocks, while Mike Calomot got 10 points and three boards for Nailtalk-Savio.

Their efforts, however, was not enough as Nailtalk-Savio's absorbed its third straight defeat in as many games.