Teng bucks the flu to make sure Flying V stays spotless
Jeron Teng braved out on his “flu game” and emerged as the hero in Flying V’s 83-78 heist against Marinerong Pilipino to remain as the lone unbeaten team in the 2017 PBA D-League Foundation Cup on Monday at the Ynares Arena in Pasig.
The De La Salle University stud came off the bench and saved his best for last, draining eight of the Thunder’s last nine points, none bigger than his dagger 15-foot jumper with 41.7 ticks to spare to keep his squad’s unblemished 4-0 card.
“Jeron showed how professional he is,” said coach Eric Altamirano. “Nabuhayan kami nung pumasok siya and I’m really proud with how he took it upon himself and forced himself to play. He knew how important this game was.”
Teng unloaded 15 points, six assists, and four rebounds in his first game since returning from his stint with the Philippine team in the 2017 Fiba 3x3 World Cup.
Eric Salamat top-scored for Flying V with 20 markers on 6-of-11 three-point shooting, alongside six assists while Hans Thiele imposed his will down low to register a double-double with 15 points and 15 boards.
Aris Dionisio chipped in 13 markers and seven rebounds while Gab Banal had 12 points and four boards against a Skippers side which had uncle Koy and father Joel manning the sidelines.
The Thunder recovered from an 18-point hole early, staging a 16-2 run to get back in the game, 35-31 in the second quarter, before taking control courtesy of their 30-point explosion in the third period.
That set up the frantic finish, which saw Banal and Joseph Marata trade treys before Teng took charge in the clutch.
Julian Sargent captained Marinerong Pilipino (1-3) with 14 points and seven rebounds while Mark Isip and Pao Javelona both got 13 markers apiece.
In the first game, Wangs Basketball stood firm and pulled off a 93-84 stunner over Racal Motors.
Chris Bitoon led the fight for the Couriers as he poured 13 of his 22 points in the second half on top of five steals, four rebounds, and three assists while Robbie Herndon notched a double-double with his 17 markers and 13 boards.
But it was Michole Sorela who delivered the big shots in the payoff period, going for 10 in the final frame to wind up with 13 points and seven rebounds and bring Wangs to its best start in franchise history with a 3-2 card.
“Big fish yung tinalo namin, pero sa pagsisikap at team effort, nakuha namin yung panalo,” said a jubilant coach Pablo Lucas.
The Couriers brandished the chemistry they have been raving about as they weathered a fourth quarter rally and broke away from a 70-68 affair to an 81-72 edge behind Sorela with 3:49 left in the clock.
“Nakukuha na namin yung chemistry, unlike before na may wall. Na-motivate namin yung players na kailangan talaga naming maging isa kung gusto naming manalo,” said Lucas.
Marlon Gomez led the way for Racal Motors with 15 points and six rebounds as the squad fell to its second straight defeat.
Roider Cabrera shot 3-of-8 from beyond the arc to collect 14 markers while Gwynne Capacio had 12 points and four boards in the loss.
WANGS 93 - Bitoon 22, Herndon 17, De Chavez 13, Sorela 13, Habelito 10, Juico 9, Arambulo 4, Montemayor 3, Riley 2, Ambulodto 0, Asuncion 0, King 0, Tayongtong 0.
RACAL 84 - Gomez 15, Cabrera 14, Capacio 12, Lozada 11, Cortes 9, Mangahas 8. Tallo 8, Ayonayon 4, Dela Cruz 2, Apreku 1, Abrigo 0, Ortuoste 0, Salado 0.
QUARTER SCORES: 29-24, 45-47, 66-63, 93-84.
FLYING V 83 - Salamat 20, Teng 15, Thiele 15, Dionisio 13, Banal 12, Tampus 3, Torres 3, Webb 2, Cañada 0, Mendoza 0, Ongteco 0.
MARINERONG PILIPINO 78 - Sargent 14, Isip 13, Javelona 13, Lopez 8, Marata 8, Moralde 6, Alabanza 5, Iñigo 5, Javillonar 4, Publico 2, Gumaru 0.
QUARTER SCORES: 13-28, 34-40, 64-59, 83-78.