Tanduay rides 53-point third quarter to third win in a row
ABS-CBN Sports on Jun 27, 2017 07:05 PM
Tanduay bucked a poor start and torched Gamboa Coffee Mix with an intoxicating 53-point third quarter to claim a 113-71 victory in the 2017 PBA D-League Foundation Cup on Tuesday at Pasig's Ynares Arena.
The Rhum Masters came out of the halftime break firing, stringing 23 straight points to start the third period and tally the most points in a quarter in PBA D-League history.
In the end, they tilted a 37-34 deficit at the half to a commanding 87-49 advantage.
Tanduay leaned on the trio of Von Tambeling, Lester Alvarez, and Paul Varilla who went 21-of-26 from the field in their team's third straight win which moves them to joint second place at 3-1.
“Si Von Tambeling talaga ang spark namin. 'Di ko siya pinalaro ng first half, pero ang ganda ng pinakita niya para sa amin. Nakita namin yung energy na nawawala noong first half,” said coach Lawrence Chongson.
Tambeling fired all of his 13 points in the third, on top of three rebounds and two assists.
Alvarez topped the Rhum Masters with 17 markers, 10 of which coming in the third quarter, alongside 11 assists and three boards while Varilla got 15 points in the same frame to go with a total of two rebounds and two dimes.
Emil Palma also registered 17 markers and eight assists, Adrian Santos had 15 points and eight boards, and Paul Sanga fired 13 for Tanduay as it made the most of the rout and led by as high as 44, 113-69, late in the game.
Ken Acibar commanded skidding Gamboa (1-4) with 16 points and seven rebounds in the game against his former squad.
In the second game, Batangas followed the same formula and zoomed past Zark’s Burger to gain a 124-84 rout.
Cedrick Ablaza unfurled 14 of his 16 points in the Batangueños’ 39-point third quarter windup, while also corralling seven rebounds to keep his side at second place with their 4-1 card.
“Syempre, ni-challenge ko lang naman ang mga players. Nakita nila na hindi tama ang ginagawa namin at hindi rin tama na 52 points ang iniiskor ng kalaban,” said coach Eric Gonzales. “Manalo, matalo, ang mahalaga sa akin, gawin natin ang tama.”
With the Batangueños trailing, 41-26, in the first half, Ablaza triggered the huge third quarter run and the rest of his teammates followed suit, opening up a dominant 81-67 lead at the end of the period.
Joseph Sedurifa contributed 16 markers, 15 boards, and seven assists for Batangas while Earvin Mendoza got 16 points and four rebounds.
Wilmar Anderson had 14 markers and eight boards, Cedric de Joya tallied 13 points, seven assists, and six rebounds and Lucky Mangabang had 13.
Robby Celiz anchored Zark’s Burgers (1-5) with 21 points, six rebounds, and four assists while RR de Leon fired 14 markers and six boards in the losing effort.
TANDUAY 113 - Alvarez 17, Palma 17, Santos 15, Varilla 15, Sanga 13, Tambeling 13, Sollano 6, Taganas 4, Terso 4, Acidre 3, Gaco 2, Vigil 2, Villamor 2, Eguilos 0.
GAMBOA COFFEE 71 - Acibar 16, Parala 12, Avenido 11, Acuña 8, Montuano 7, Padilla 6, Jumao-as 5, Riva 4, Vidal 2, Arellano 0, Dadjilul 0, David 0, Knuttel 0.
QUARTER SCORES: 21-20, 34-37, 87-49, 113-71.
BATANGAS 124 - Ablaza 16, Mendoza 16, Sedurifa 16, Anderson 14, De Joya 13, Mangabang 13, Laude 8, Ragasa 8, Bautista 7, Saitanan 5, Dela Pena 4, Mag-isa 2, Napoles 2.
ZARK’S BURGERS 84 - Celiz 21, De Leon 14, Mangahas 12, Bautista 8, Ferrer 8, Sheriff 6, Cayabyab 4, Nalos 4, Argamino 3, Cariaga 3, Cudal 1, Juruena 0.
QUARTER SCORES: 19-27, 42-52, 81-67, 124-84.