Muyang fuels Petron-Letran to first win in PBA D-League

ABS-CBN Sports on Mar 05, 2019 06:42 PM
Muyang fuels Petron-Letran to first win in PBA D-League
Petron-Letran muscled its way through AMA for its first win

Petron-Letran barged into the win column with a 108-91 victory over AMA Online Education in the 2019 PBA D-League Tuesday at Paco Arena in Manila.

Larry Muyang spearheaded the uprising, posting 15 of his 21 points in the fourth quarter, to go with seven rebounds.

Christian Fajarito joined him in the fight with 15 points, seven rebounds, and two assists, as Jeo Ambohot got a double-double of 14 points and 12 rebounds.

"Very talented big men from coach Jeff Napa," said new Knights coach Bonnie Tan, talking about his predecessor who is also known as "The Big Man Whisperer."

Jerrick Balanza added 18 points and two rebounds, while Alvin Pasaol had eight points, six rebounds, and six assists in the Petron-Letran triumph.

"We're happy na nanalo din kami. Pero playing here in the PBA D-League, win or lose, parati kaming panalo kasi we're gaining experience. Happy lang ako na hindi sila umatras sa challenge today," said Tan, who scored his first win as the head coach for the Knights.

Petron-Letran was quick to impose control in the game, taking an 18-point lead, 55-37, before Joshua Munzon led AMA's rally to close within six, 65-59 at the 3:52 mark of the third.

But the Knights took the fight inside, as their big men easily had their way to turn back the Titans.

Petron-Letran leveled its standing at 1-1 in the Aspirants Group, while AMA fell to its second straight loss to fall to 1-2.

Munzon carried the Titans with 38 points, five assists, five steals, and four rebounds.

In the other game, Marinerong Pilipino topped Chadao-FEU, 87-63, for its second win.

Jed Mendoza led the uprising as he had six of his 16 points in the third quarter, as well as grabbing nine rebounds to guide the Skippers to back-to-back wins.

BOX SCORES

FIRST GAME

MARINERONG PILIPINO 87 -- Santillan 19, Mendoza 16, Asistio 12, Victoria 12, M. Aquino 10, Apreku 5, Gamboa 5, Reyes 4, A. Aquino 2, Bonifacio 2, Wamar 0, Serrano 0, Garcia 0, Bunag 0.

CHADAO-FEU 63 -- Stockton 16, Celzo 12, Bienes 8, Cani 7, Tuffin 5, Comboy 5, Gonzales 4, Bayquin 2, Nunag 2, Senining 2, Roman 0, Jopia 0, Mallari 0, Dulatre 0, Tchuente 0.

QUARTER SCORES: 23-16, 44-33, 63-49, 87-63.

SECOND GAME

PETRON-LETRAN 108 -- Muyang 21, Balanza 18, Fajarito 15, Ambohot 14, Pasaol 8, Olivario 7, Caralipio 7, Sangalang 4, Pambid 4, Mina 4, Reyson 3, Balagasay 2, Sta. Ana 1, Galvelo 0.

AMA 91 -- Munzon 38, Yu 10, Johnson 10, Rike 9, Parcero 9, Dela Virgen 7, Mabulac 4, Montalbo 3, Estibar 1, Gonzaga 0, Asuncion 0, Bederi 0, Liwag 0, Garcia 0.

QUARTER SCORES: 18-15, 51-37, 78-67, 108-91.

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