Learn to Trade seizes first win as ING Lions fall for third time


By Frank Leo Aniscal - Published February 19, 2020 

A scorching offense in the second half lifted Learn to Trade over the struggling ING Lions, 97-78, to notch their first win in the Corporate Invitational Division held at The Upper Deck in Ortigas, Pasig.

Trailing at the end of the first half, Learn to Trade got a big boost on the offensive end upon the arrival of another key gunner, Jason Tanao-Tanao, in the final two periods. They pulled away with an empathic 18-6 run late in the third to officially claim the lead and carried the momentum into the fourth that left no chance for ING Lions to come back.

A lot of guys stepped up but Jeffrey Valencia was undeniably the best weapon of Learn to Trade in this victory as he collected a notable double-double game of 20 points and 13 rebounds. Tanao-Tanao only played in the second half but managed to score a game-high of 23 markers. Ronald Dizon added 19, while Charles Balbuena had 17.

Learn to Trade bounced back from a debut game setback against Southern Cross and took a 1-1 record.

ING Lions, who were without Ivan Belsa and Jeremy Mamhot, showed their desire to win after a 21-8 start anchored by Paolo Gaco, Arman Bisnan and Manu Magat. Unfortunately, that lead was easily trimmed down to just two before the first quarter ended as Learn to Trade rallied back a 12-0 run, 21-19.

As ING Lions made five straight points to open the second, Learn to Trade managed to respond with 10 unanswered points to taste the lead for the first time, 33-28. However, ING Lions stayed close until taking away a three-point edge at the half, 43-40.

It was a good exchange of baskets in the third period, but Learn to Trade proved they have the energy to sustain the intensity until the end as they brought an 11-point margin into the fourth quarter, 69-58.

With the momentum on their side, Learn to Trade continued their domination in the final canto as the ING Lions got no solution to stop them.

Kevin Gahol had his 22-point, 10-rebound performance in a losing cause, as well as Bisnan's 18 and Magat's 13 markers. ING Lions still have two games to get the elusive win, which were against two other winless teams Finastra and Factset.