PASIG CITY – Flying V recovered its bearings in time to subdue Tanduay Rhum, 104-89, in continuing action from the 2017 PBA D-League Foundation Cup at the Ynares Sports Arena Thursday (July 6). The Thunder continued their stronghold on the top spot of the standings with their sixth straight victory against no defeats.
Racing to an early 31-21 lead in the second period, Flying V allowed the Rhum Masters to rally and eventually took the halftime lead on a buzzer beater by Paul Varilla, 45-44. The Thunder then blew things wide open by closing out the third period with a 20-6 run anchored on Jeron Teng, Thomas Torres, Eric Salamat and Hans Thiele to build an imposing 80-66 cushion entering the fourth period and Tanduay never recovered from there.
Teng defied all defenses by scoring 11 points in the pivotal third period for a total of 30 points on top of nine rebounds and four assists. Torres scored a personal D-League record of 18 points plus four assists and three steals.
“We wanted to limit (Lester) Alvarez because he was Tanduay’s motor in the first half,” said Coach Eric Altamirano. “I guess the players’ will to win is carrying them but even if we are 6-0, we will take it one game at a time.”
Alvarez already had 13 points by halftime then added seven in the third before being held to only three in the fourth for a total of 23 points to lead the way for the Rhum Masters. He drew support from Jerwin Gaco with 15 points and seven rebounds.
How They Scored:
FLYING V (104) – Teng 30, Torres 18, Salamat 14, Thiele 14, Dionisio 9, Paredes 8, Banal 8, Webb 2, Cabahug 1, Canada 0, Colina 0, Tampus 0.
TANDUAY RHUM (89) – Alvarez 23, Gaco 15, Santos 10, Tambeling 10, Vigil 8, Varilla 6, Palma 6, Terso 3, Taganas 3, Sollano 3, Martinez 2, Eguilos 0, Sanga 0.
Period Scores: 26-17, 44-45, 80-66, 104-89.