Teng struggles, Flying V still has enough to rise to 5-0
With Jeron Teng shooting blanks, Flying V banked on its supporting cast and pulled off a 94-86 conquest of Racal Motors to keep its immaculate record in the 2017 PBA D-League Foundation Cup on Monday at the Ynares Arena in Pasig.
Coach Eric Altamirano went to his second unit and got what he needed as Gab Banal and Aris Dionisio stepped up to the plate for the Thunder in the fourth period.
Banal went 3-of-6 from rainbow country to wind up with 17 points, 11 of which came in the final frame, while also nabbing six rebounds and two steals while Dionisio imposed his presence inside and racked nine of his 13 markers in the endgame and hauled down seven boards total in the win that kept Flying V on top of the heap at 5-0.
“Our first group struggled today, but it's a good thing that our second group stepped up,” said Altamirano. “We made some stops at the end, but the problem is still the same, we're very inconsistent.”
Thomas Torres also chipped in 17 points, two rebounds, and two dimes for the Thunder as Teng was only able to contribute 11 markers on a woeful 4-of-18 clip.
Racal made a huge push early in the fourth canto, taking a 70-67 lead with 8:41 remaining, but Banal and Dionisio triggered a 10-0 run to retake the lead, 77-70, midway through the period and held off the Alibaba late.
Rian Ayonayon paced Racal Motors with 28 points and nine rebounds while Gwynne Capacio, Jamil Ortuoste, and Mac Tallo all had 10 markers in the loss.
Their efforts, though, went down south as the Alibaba incurred their third straight loss and stumbled to a 2-3 card.
In the first game, Wangs staged a scintillating third quarter showing to coast to a 133-92 victory over Zark’s Burgers and claim its fourth win.
Clamping down on defense after the close 56-50 halftime affair, the Couriers capitalized on the Jawbreakers miscues, turning the latter’s 22 turnovers to 33 easy points and allowed them to pour 46 in the period and take a 102-62 advantage.
"Gusto talaga namin no easy shots yung kalaban. Sumunod na lang yung opensa namin,” said coach Pablo Lucas, as Wangs imrpoved to a 4-3 record.
Fil-Am swingman Robbie Herndon captained that huge run, firing 11 of his 26 points in the third frame while also collecting six rebounds and five assists
Michael Juico topscored the Couriers with 30 markers, 12 boards, and six dimes while John Ambulodto had 16 points and six rebounds.
Zark’s Burgers suffered its third straight defeat and fell to a 1-6 slate, as it wasted Robby Celiz’ 37 points, three rebounds, three assists, and three steals.
RR de Leon added 18 markers and six boards and Clark Bautista had 15 in the losing effort.
WANGS 133 - Juico 30, Herndon 26, Ambulodto 16, Habelito 12, Sorela 11, Arambulo 10, Montemayor 8, Bitoon 8, De Chavez 6, Tayongtong 6, Riley 0, King 0.
ZARK’S BURGER 92 - Celiz 37, De Leon 18, Bautista 15, Mangahas 11, Cudal 4, De Ocampo 4, Sheriff 2, Nalos 1, Cariaga 0, Cayabyab 0, Argamino 0, Ferrer 0, Juruena 0.
QUARTER SCORES: 30-30, 56-50, 102-62, 133-92.
FLYING V 94 - Banal 17, Torres 17, Dionisio 13, Teng 11, Cañada 11, Thiele 10, Salamat 8, Tampus 4, Webb 3, Ongteco 0, Colina 0.
RACAL MOTORS 86 - Ayonayon 28, Capacio 10, Ortuoste 10, Tallo 10, Gomez 9, Pontejos 9, Grimaldo 6, Apreku 2, Faundo 2, Mangahas 0, Dela Cruz 0, Cortes 0, Lozada 0.
QUARTER SCORES: 25-28, 46-44, 67-64, 94-86.