PBA D-League: San Beda comes back vs NU; FEU charges through Perps
ABS-CBN Sports on Apr 11, 2019 06:42 PM
San Beda and FEU both got well-earned wins against fellow collegiate contenders
Metropac-San Beda averted an upset as it got its act together late to floor SMDC-NU, 94-86, in the 2019 PBA D-League, Thursday at Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig.
Donald Tankoua bannered the Movers as he poured 10 of his 23 points in the fourth quarter, where they climbed their way back from a 72-80 deficit with 7:24 to play.
What followed was a killer 20-2 blast that put Metropac-San Beda up, 82-72, with 1:57 left which SMDC-NU failed to recover from.
Calvin Oftana uncorked 18 points and eight rebounds, while Clint Doliguez chipped in 16 points, five assists, three boards, and three steals in the win.
"It's really our defense that stepped up in the last seven minutes," said coach Boyet Fernandez. "I kept on challenging our boys that we won't win this game against NU if we won't play defense. So we just got back to basics, yung pressure sa depensa, yun ang ibinalik namin."
Young guards James Canlas and Peter Alfaro also combined for 22 in the win to help the Movers annex their winning streak to three and improve to 5-1 in the Foundation Group.
Dave Ildefonso led the winless Bulldogs (0-5) with 30 points and five rebounds.
John Lloyd Clemente had 11 points and five boards, as Senegalese center Issa Gaye grabbed 26 rebounds, alongside his nine points and five blocks in the sorry defeat.
In the other game, Chadao-FEU turned back Perpetual, 83-64, to pull its record even.
Cameroonian bruiser Patrick Tchuente conspired with Ken Tuffin as the Tamaraws gained early headways with a 12-0 outburst to end the first period and grab a 26-14 lead, using that run to preserve a cushion that never dipped to as low as 10.
Tchuente unloaded 12 points and seven rebounds as he continues his recovery from a ruptured knee, as Tuffin got seven points and eight boards in the game, where Chadao-FEU held a 25-point lead, 80-55 with 2:27 left.
METROPAC-SAN BEDA 94 -- Tankoua 23, Oftana 18, Doliguez 16, Canlas 11, Alfaro 11, Nelle 5, Obenza 5, Etrata 2, Cuntapay 2, Bahio 1, Abuda 0.
SMDC-NU 86 -- D. Ildefonso 30, Oczon 11, Clemente 11, Gaye 9, Minerva 8, S. Ildefonso 7, Sistoza 4, Galinato 4, Chatman 2, Diputado 0, Gallego 0, Rangel 0, Mangayao 0, Sinclair 0.
QUARTER SCORES: 23-21, 40-43, 66-71, 94-86.