Teng proves clutch anew to lift Flying V against Cignal
ABS-CBN Sports on May 25, 2017 07:48 PM
ON ME. Jeron Teng, then with AMA and now with Flying V, is still undefeated when going up against head coach Boyet Fernandez in the PBA D-League.
Jeron Teng propelled Flying V to a scintillating 86-84 conquest of Aspirants’ Cup champion Cignal HD on Thursday in the 2017 PBA D-League Foundation Cup at the Ynares Arena in Pasig.
The De La Salle University product drained a tough leaner over the outstretched arms of Raymar Jose before making good on the bonus with 4.3 ticks remaining to cap off the improbable fightback of the Thunder who were down, 77-69, in the last 4:04 of the game.
“Jeron knew that we needed him to be our go-to-guy. The boys didn’t want to lose the game and he carried us during that crucial play,” said coach Eric Altamirano who scored a win in his first foray back in the D-League.
Teng fired 33 points to go along with four rebounds and three assists in his debut with Flying V.
Thomas Torres added 16 markers and eight boards while Gab Banal had 11 points, eight rebounds, and three assists in the win.
Cignal still tried to steal the game, but Jason Perkins fumbled the ball late as the Thunder escaped with the victory.
Perkins led the Hawkeyes with 22 points and four rebounds while Jose registered a double-double of 19 markers and 14 boards in the losing effort.
In the first game, Leo Avenido imposed his veteran presence as he anchored Gamboa Coffee in its 85-84 thriller of a victory versus Zark’s Burger.
The 38-year-old, also acting as the Coffee Lovers’ coach, drilled the go-ahead free throw with 3.1 seconds remaining to push his side up one.
Their defense then suffocated Robby Celiz’ potential game-winner.
“Ang hirap kasi 'di naman ako si Jawo,” he said in jest, as his herculean effort evoked memories of the days of legendary Ginebra playing-coach Robert Jaworski. “Pero yun yung binigay na task at sinubukan ko yung sarili ko kung kaya kong maiangat yung morale ng mga players.”
Avenido fired 12 of his 15 points in the second half where Gamboa battled back from a 13-point hole, 19-32, in the second period. He also got five rebounds, two assists, and two steals in the victory.
Ken Acibar unfurled 17 markers and seven boards while Jens Knuttel chipped in 12 points, four dimes, and three rebounds as the Coffee Lovers woke up from their early struggles and went on a 32-point third quarter to close in and set up the nip-and-tuck battle late.
Celiz led the Jawbreakers with 26 points on a 10-of-25 shooting from the field while also hauling down nine rebounds and three assists.
GAMBOA COFFEE 85 - Acibar 17, Avenido 15, Knuttel 12, Acuna 9, Sarangay 8, Padilla 7, Vidal 7, Arellano 6, Jumao-as 2, Montuano 2, Riva 0, Dadjilul 0.
ZARK’S BURGER 84 - Celiz 26, Cayabyab 9, Mangahas 9, Argamino 8, Sheriff 8, De Leon 6, Ferrer 6, Bautista 5, Cudal 5, Juruena 2, Nalos 0.
QUARTER SCORES: 17-29, 34-46, 66-68, 85-84.
FLYING V 86 - Teng 33, Torres 16, Banal 11, Thiele 8, Tampus 6, Webb 5, Colina 4, Salamat 3, Austria 0, Canada 0, Gamboa 0, Mendoza 0.
CIGNAL 84 - Perkins 22, Jose 19, Raymundo 14, Villarias 7, Potts 6, Cahilig 4, Arboleda 3, Sara 3, Atkins 2, Bringas 2, Sumalinog 2, Arong 0, Bartolo 0, Batino 0.
QUARTER SCORES: 20-23, 41-42, 59-64, 86-84.