Jeron Teng came alive in the second half and pulled Flying V to its sixth straight victory in the 2017 PBA D-League Foundation Cup, taking Tanduay down, 104-89, Thursday at the Ynares Arena in Pasig.
Shooting blanks last game against Racal, the former De La Salle University stud found his shooting form and dropped 11 of his 30 points in the third quarter, while also collecting nine rebounds and four assists as the Thunder maintained their stronghold of the top spot at 6-0.
Teng’s hot shooting allowed Flying V to stage a game-tilting 19-4 run to swing a 61-60 advantage in the 4:05 mark of the third quarter to a decisive 80-64 lead. In all, the squad dropped 36 points in the frame.
“I didn’t really expect a lopsided game,” said coach Eric Altamirano. “We told the boys that this game may come down to the last minutes, that it’s going to be a dogfight, but I think we stepped up defensively and limited Lester Alvarez whom we felt was the was the engine of their team.”
Thomas Torres added 18 markers, four assists, three boards, and three steals while Eric Salamat chimed in 14 points on a 4-of-7 shooting from rainbow country.
Hans Thiele had a near double-double with his 14 points, nine rebounds, and two blocks for the Thunder.
Alvarez carried Tanduay with 23 points on a 4-of-10 clip from threes to go with seven assists and three rebounds while Jerwin Gaco got 15 markers, seven boards, and three assists.
The loss ended the Rhum Masters three-game winning run and dropped them to a 3-2 slate.
In the first game, Cignal HD showed its poise in the endgame and held off a game Batangas crew to come away with a 70-66 conquest to stretch its winning run to six.
Jason Perkins carried the load for the Hawkeyes, going for 15 points, five rebounds, and two assists while Oping Sumalinog drilled the insurance bucket with 24.2 ticks remaining to wind up with 15 markers, three boards, and three dimes.
Hiking its record to 7-2, Cignal kept itself in contention for a top two spot which comes with an outright semifinals seat in the playoffs.
“We knew that we needed to win our next games if we want to get to that top two spot,” said coach Boyet Fernandez. “We had to bring somebody down, and credit to coach Eric Gonzales, Batangas really is a good team and they also deserve to win. But we’re just happy that we got this win and we still have a chance for that top two.”
Raymar Jose nearly tallied another double-double with his eight points and 12 rebounds while Byron Villarias and Harold Arboleda combined for 16 in the Hawkeyes’ victory.
The Batangueños bravely fought against the powerhouse Cignal crew, keeping themselves in the game and even grabbed a 66-65 lead after a James Forrester jumper in the last 1:18.
But Arboleda canned a corner trey to reclaim the lead for Cignal, 68-66, with 57.0 seconds remaining, and Forrester threw an errant pass which was easily intercepted by Oping Sumalinog to clinch the game in the clutch.
CJ Isit topscored for Batangas (4-2) with 14 points, four rebounds, and four assists.
CIGNAL HD 70 – Perkins 15, Sumalinog 15, Arboleda 8, Jose 8, Villarias 8, Atkins 6, Bringas 4, Raymundo 4, Batino 2, Arong 0, Cahilig 0, Sara 0.
BATANGAS 66 – Isit 14, Bautista 9, Saitanan 9, Sedurifa 8, De Joya 7, Ablaza 6, Forrester 5, Laude 5, Ragasa 2, Dela Pena 1, Anderson 0, Mangabang 0, Mendoza 0, Napoles 0.
QUARTER SCORES: 14-15, 34-33, 55-49, 70-66.
FLYING V 104 – Teng 30, Torres 18, Salamat 14, Thiele 14, Dionisio 9, Paredes 8, Banal 8, Webb 2, Cabahug 1, Cañada 0, Colina 0, Tampus 0, Austria 0.
TANDUAY 89 – Alvarez 23, Gaco 15, Santos 10, Tambeling 10, Vigil 8, Palma 6, Varilla 6, Terso 3, Sollano 3, Taganas 3, Martinez 2, Eguilos 0, Sanga 0.
QUARTER SCORES: 26-17, 44-45, 80-66, 104-89.
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