Petron-Letran blazes to third win in a row in PBA D-League

ABS-CBN Sports on Mar 26, 2019 11:04 PM
Petron-Letran blazes to third win in a row in PBA D-League
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Petron-Letran annexed its winning run to three games with a 77-70 trouncing of Family Mart-Enderun in the 2019 PBA D-League Tuesday at JCSGO Gym in Cubao.

Alvin Pasaol lit up for 24 points, 10 rebounds, and three rejections as he guided the Knights back to a joint third place in the Aspirants Group with their 3-1 slate, on level with Cignal-Ateneo and Che'Lu Bar and Grill.

Jerrick Balanza contributed 14 points, three boards, and three assists, while Renato Ular tallied a double-double of 10 points and 13 boards in the victory.

"We're still learning. It's a good win for us against a school-based team. Again, natututo pa rin kami every game," said coach Bonnie Tan.

Petron-Letran looked well on its way to an easy victory after grabbing a 66-52 lead early in the fourth quarter, but Valandre Chauca and John Vidal willed Family Mart-Enderun back, 74-68 with 16.8 seconds remaining.

Time, though, just wasn't on the Titans' side as the Knights went on and took the W.

Still, Tan preached poise to his guys as he wants to see Petron-Letran better protect its leads in the coming games.

"Enderun played well, gave us good defense na di namin ine-expect. Medyo narattle kami pero gusto ko lang malaman ng mga bata na we have to be composed sa mga ganoong situation," he said.

Chauca led the winless Family Mart-Enderun (0-4) with 22 points on a 5-of-9 shooting from downtown, alongside five assists and four rebounds.

Fonso Gotladera also corraled 14 points and six boards in the defeat.

In the other game, Wangs Basketball scored back-to-back wins with a 75-64 drubbing of Perpetual.

Gelo Vito topscored for the Couriers with 19 points on a 3-of-5 shooting from threes, as well as seven rebounds.

But it was Arvin Tolentino who took matters to his own hands in the fourth quarter, igniting the 9-0 tear that turned a 56-55 deficit for Wangs to a 64-56 advantage with 4:58 left on the game clock.

He wound up with 11 points, nine coming in the payoff period, on top of nine rebounds.

BOX SCORES

FIRST GAME

PETRON-LETRAN 77 -- Pasaol 24, Balanza 14, Ular 10, Caralipio 6, Pambid 6, Sangalang 5, Ambohot 4, Balagasay 3, Mina 3, Taladua 2, Olivario 0, Reyson 0, Yu.

FAMILY MART-ENDERUN 70 -- Chauca 22, Gotladera 14, Vidal 9, Presbitero 8, Kouakou 4, Dungan 4, Tancioco 3, Dela Cruz 3, Gatdula 2, Nunez 1, Mariano 0.

QUARTER SCORES: 19-16, 34-25, 55-48, 77-70.

SECOND GAME

WANGS 75 -- Vito 19, Tolentino 11, Tongco 11, Inigo 10, Gerero 8, Santos 5, Estrella 3, Lim 3, De Mesa 2, Brojan 2, Bulawan 1, Wong 0, Lucas 0, Padua 0,

PERPETUAL 64 -- Charcos 15, Adamos 13, Solis 9, Egan 9, Peralta 8, Razon 4, Pasia 2, Lanoy 2, Martel 2, Guissani 0, Sese 0, Tamayo 0.

QUARTER SCORES: 20-15, 40-35, 55-52, 75-64.

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