Che'Lu stays alive even as SMDC-NU goes out with a bang in PBA D-League

ABS-CBN Sports on May 20, 2019 06:11 PM
Che'Lu stays alive even as SMDC-NU goes out with a bang
Che'Lu lives to fight another day in the 2019 PBA D-League

Che'Lu gutted out a tough 77-72 thriller over Family Mart-Enderun Tuesday at JCSGO Gym in Cubao to keep itself in the running for the 2019 PBA D-League playoffs.

Jeff Viernes drilled the go-ahead triple with 43.5 seconds left that broke a 72-all deadlock and complete the Revellers' rally from a 15-point hole and an eight-point deficit in the last five minutes of the game.

He finished with 13 points, five rebounds, and five assists as Che'Lu improved to 6-3 in the Aspirants Group.

"No matter what happens, we should end with a win," said coach Stevenson Tiu. "Wala na sa kamay namin ang fate namin. We're just hoping for the better na lang."

Alfred Batino led his side with a double-double in the tune of 14 points and 17 rebounds, as Rey Suerte got 13 points and four boards in the victory.

But defense was the key for the Revellers, forcing the Titans to commit six turnovers in the final three minutes to steal the game late.

Valandre Chauca carried Family Mart-Enderun (1-7) with 18 points and eight assists, as Fonso Gotladera had 17.

In other results, SMDC-NU made it four straight wins to end its campaign, clipping Perpetual, 100-74.

Dave Ildefonso guided his side to the victory with 20 points, six rebounds, and three assists.

John Lloyd Clemente came off the bench and contributed 16 points and four boards, Patrick Yu scored 13, and Senegalese big man Issa Gaye nabbed a double-double with his 11 points, 16 rebounds, and three blocks.

The superb showing allowed the Bulldogs to wrap up their assignments in the developmental ranks on a solid note, ending with a 4-5 record in the Foundation Group.

BOX SCORES

FIRST GAME

SMDC-NU 100 -- D. Ildefonso 20, Clemente 16, Yu 13, Gaye 11, Mangayao 8, Gallego 7, Rangel 7, Mosqueda 6, Tibayan 5, Diputado 5, Minerva 2, Oczon 0, Joson 0, Abatayo 0.

PERPETUAL 74 -- Peralta 18, Aurin 12, Adamos 11, Charcos 9, Sese 6, Martel 5, Guissani 4, Pasia 3, Razon 2, Egan 2, Cuevas 2, Lanoy 0, Tamayo 0.

QUARTER SCORES: 22-15, 43-36, 67-49, 100-74.

SECOND GAME

CHE'LU 77 -- Batino 14, Viernes 13, Suerte 13, Bautista 10, Dagangon 9, Collado 7, Dumapig 4, Taganas 3, Manalang 2, Siruma 2, Gabo 0, Bringas 0, Ng 0.

FAMILY MART-ENDERUN 72 -- Chauca 18, Gotladera 17, Hayes 13, Escoto 9, Kuoakou 3, Nunez 3, Gatdula 3, Dungan 3, Vidal 2, Sacundo 1, Tancioco 0, Dela Cruz 0.

QUARTER SCORES: 12-22, 38-42, 54-62, 77-72.

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