SAN JUAN City – Expansion team Flying V Thunder hacked out a 75-69 triumph over PBA D-League powerhouse Racal Motors Wednesday afternoon (May 17) at the FilOil Flying V Centre but Coach Eric Altamirano is still far from satisfied. “We remain to be a work in progress,” he admitted even if the team streaked to its third straight win in a series of exhibition games that are part of the ongoing 11th FilOil Flying V Premier Cup.
The Thunder took care of their fourth period possessions which translated into big baskets from Jeron Teng and Jan Colina and capped by a dagger triple from Eric Salamat that put them on top by nine markers with 1:41 to play, 75-66. The defense also worked hard to deny Racal a field goal for a crucial five-minute stretch that was ended by a drive by Allan Mangahas with a minute left to settle the final tally and pace Racal with 13 points and six rebounds.
For the first time, the Thunder faced a D-League squad and the game was called by referees from the PBA. “We need to adjust to the officiating, perhaps we need to play more games with D-League teams before the opening for us to get used to the calls,” added Coach Altamirano.
Racal used a strong second period performance to take the first half, 41-39. Center Jayson Grimaldo led the way with nine points but was suddenly held scoreless in the second half.
Teng led all scorers with 25 points, six rebounds and three assists. Gab Banal had a double-double of 10 points and 10 rebounds.
The Thunder are next scheduled to face UAAP champion De La Salle University on Sunday (May 21). The PBA D-League Foundation Cup will open on May 25 (Thursday).
How They Scored:
FLYING V (75) – Teng 25, Banal 10, Ongteco 8, Salamat 8, Colina 6, Webb 4, Thiele 4, Torres 4, Tampus 4, Mendoza 2, Canada 0.
RACAL MOTORS (69) – Mangahas 13, Grimaldo 9, de la Cruz 8, Ayonayon 7, Cabrera 7, Tallo 5, Apreku 5, Gumaru 4, Cortes 3, Lozada 3, Ortuoste 3, Capacio 2, Oktubre 0, Bulawan 0.
Period Scores: 23-17, 39-41, 59-55, 75-69.