SAN JUAN City – PBA D-League expansion team Flying V Thunder marked their first ever public appearance with a 77-77 draw with Arellano University Friday (May 5) at the FilOil Flying V Centre. Being an exhibition game as part of the 11th FilOil Flying V Premier Cup, the overtime period was not played.
Zach Nicholls hit a triple that gave the Chiefs an eight-point lead with 1:36 to play, 75-67. Suddenly, the Thunder responded with 10 unanswered points from Jeron Teng and Eric Salamat, with Salamat issuing an assist to the streaking Teng for the go-ahead basket at the 23-second mark, 77-75.
Ariel Aguilar then received a perfect drop pass for an easy stab to tie the score with 10 seconds left, 77-77, and prompting Coach Eric Altamirano to call back-to-back timeouts. Play resumed and the ball went to Teng but he failed to connect on his two attempts, the second swatted away by the Arellano defense at the buzzer.
“I’m glad the boys did not give up,” said Coach Altamirano. “We are still far from what we want to be for the D-League but we saw a lot of good signs in this game.”
Teng was limited to only two free throws in the first half but finished with a team-best 19 points and three rebounds. Salamat was next with 13 points, eight assists and four steals while Gab Banal had a double-double of 13 points and 13 rebounds.
Kent Salado paced the Chiefs with 15 points, eight rebounds and five assists. Richard Abanes also had 15 points followed by Nicholls with 12, all from the three-point line.
How They Scored:
FLYING V (77) – Teng 19, Salamat 13, Banal 13, Thiele 8, Torres 8, Colina 4, Webb 4, Tampus 4, Ongteco 2, Dionisio 2, Sinco 0, Hubalde 0.
ARELLANO (77) – Salado 15, Abanes 15, Nicholls 12, Canete 11, Enriquez 8, Villoria 6, Meca 5, Aguilar 4, Alcoriza 1, Concepcion 0, Rivera 0, Ongolo Ongolo 0, Padilla 0, Filart 0, Cabigas 0, Juico 0, Gupilan 0.
Period Scores: 16-17, 36-34, 54-52, 77-77.