Teng flirts with triple-double as AMA goes streaking once more
ABS-CBN Sports on Feb 13, 2017 04:14 PM
STUFFED. Jeron Teng left behind a near-triple-double performance before going to Dubai.
Jeron Teng had a near-perfect send-off, going three assists shy of a triple-double as AMA Online Education turned back Victoria Sports-MLQU, 88-80, Monday in the 2017 PBA D-League Aspirants' Cup at the Ynares Arena in Pasig.
The De La Salle University product carried his side with 18 points, 10 rebounds, and seven assists as the Titans bagged their fourth win in six games.
Juami Tiongson also made his mark, taking over in the fourth in unloading all but eight of his 22 markers in the period while also hauling down a total of four boards.
It wasn't an easy win, though, as AMA lost hold of a 20-point advantage, 57-37, in the third frame and saw it cut down to as low as six, 86-80, with 20.3 seconds left.
Tiongson, however, made the game-clinching freebies to secure the win for the Titans.
"’Di naman kami totally umaasa kay Jeron. May iba pa rin dyan like Juami and PJ Barua na kayang mag-contribute para sa amin," coach Mark Herrera said.
AMA's resolve will be tested next week when it plays Blustar Detergent without Teng, who will be with Mighty Sports for an invitational in Dubai.
Robbie Herndon topped winless Victoria (0-4) with 24 points, 11 rebounds, and six assists, while Aris Dionisio had 23 markers, 17 boards, and three blocks.
In the first game, Cignal-San Beda College stamped its class anew and routed Batangas, 95-68, for its third straight victory.
Robert Bolick and Byron Villarias tore the Batanguenos to shreds in the second quarter, teaming up for 16 of the Hawkeyes' 31 points in the frame to pull away at halftime, 56-34. They would further extend the lead to as much as 27, 71-44.
Cignal is now on a three-way logjam at second place with Tanduay and CafeFrance, all carrying identical 3-1 records.
Bolick topped the Hawkeyes with 19 points, five rebounds, and three assists and Villarias got 13 markers on a 3-of-6 clip from threes.
Coach Boyet Fernandez, though, kept his focus on the team's continued development, saying, "This is a team in progress. We still have to develop our teamwork because we only started a month ago."
Still, he's happy that he's seeing positive signs for his squad four games into the tournament. "Credit to my boys because they played well today. This will only help us improve our teamwork as we play more stronger teams in the future," he said.
Cedrick Ablaza topped Batangas (1-4) with 16 points and five rebounds.
CIGNAL 95 - Bolick 19, Villarias 13, Perkins 11, Batino 10, Raymundo 9, Potts 8, Oftana 7, Mocon 5, Arong 4, Tongco 3, Adamos 2, Bahio 2, Bringas 2, Arboleda 0.
BATANGAS 68 - Ablaza 16, De Joya 12, Anderson 7, Isit 6, Sara 6, Laude 5, Dela Pena 4, Sedurifa 4, Fortu 3, Lascano 3, Delfinado 2, Magbuhos 0, Mendoza 0, Revadavia 0.
QUARTER SCORES: 25-22, 56-34, 73-50, 95-68.
AMA 88 - Tiongson 22, Teng 18, Bragais 15, Arambulo 9, Alabanza 7, Flores 6, Barua 4, Riley 3, Jumao-as 2, Taganas 2, Carpio 0, Jordan 0, Macaranas 0, Malones 0.
VICTORIA SPORTS 80 - Herndon 24, Dionisio 23, Grimaldo 10, Lao 9, Mag-isa 6, Koga 5, Nicholls 3, Bitoon 0, Butron 0, Ragasa 0, Sorela 0.
QUARTER SCORES: 17-15, 46-37, 69-53, 88-80.