By Dugout Philippines
PASIG--Gab Banal fueled Flying V in its 107-96 conquest over Wang's Basketball to stay on top of the 2017 PBA D-League Foundation Cup Tuesday at Ynares Sports Arena.
The 26-year-old bruiser took charge for the Thunder as he registered 29 points, 11 rebounds, and four assists in the win.
“Gab was consistent all throughout the game. He was our spark and he took it upon himself to shut down (Robbie) Herndon in the second half. But all-in-all, it was a collective effort from our players,” said coach Eric Altamirano.
Jeron Teng bucked his foul woes and wound up with 20 markers, six assists, and four boards on a 7-of-20 sniping from the field.
Aris Dionisio also added 14 points and 10 rebounds, Thomas Torres had 12 markers, four boards, and three assists, and Hans Thiele got 10 points, nine rebounds, and four blocks for Flying V.
Lackluster anew in the first half, the Thunder were finally able to get the breathing room they craved for as Banal started the decisive 11-0 run to finish the third period and grab an 86-80 advantage.
The Couriers had no answer for the trio of Banal, Dionisio, and Oda Tampus as Flying V kept its record unblemished at 3-0.
Herndon topscored for Wangs (1-2) as he poured 20 of his 24 points in the first half.
Chris De Chavez got 13 markers, while John Tayongtong collected 12 points and five boards in the loss.
In the second game, Cignal HD rebounded from its shock loss to Marinerong Pilipino last Thursday with an 86-76 thumping of AMA Online Education.
Showing signs of adjustment under the system of coach Boyet Fernandez, Davon Potts trotted out his best game to date for the Hawkeyes with 17 points and three rebounds.
Pamboy Raymundo corralled 16 markers and two assists, while Raymar Jose had a near double-double with his 12 points and nine boards in the victory.
Fernandez was elated with how his players bounced back in the blowout, as he feels that his crew understands the sense of urgency his side has as Cignal nears the end of its sprint seven game-in-10 playdates schedule.
“Medyo pagod lang, but the boys really wanted to get back on the winning track. We know that we have to build up wins so that we’ll have a little bit of a buffer,” he said.
Potts sparked the early Hawkeyes assault as he got eight first quarter points to put his squad up, 22-16, before the rest of the team followed suit and broke off from the Titans, extending the lead to as much as 25, 64-39, after a Simon Atkins drive with 1:25 left in the third frame.
Paolo Pontejos led AMA (0-2) with 24 points, three rebounds, and three assists, while Mario Bonleon went for 13 markers on a dismal 5-of-20 sniping, to go with eight boards in the defeat.
Andre Paras also made his debut for the Titans, collecting five points, 10 rebounds, five blocks, and three assists.
Flying V 107-Banal 29, Teng 20, Dionisio 14, Torres 12, Thiele 10, Salamat 8, Tampus 8, Cañada 4, Webb 2, Gamboa 0, Colina 0, Mendoza 0
Wang's 96-Herndon 24, De Chavez 13, Tayongtong 12, Juico 11, Bitoon 9, Arambulo 7, Montemayor 6, Habelito 6, King 3, Asuncion 3, Ambuludto 2, Sorela 0, Riley 0
Quarterscores: 31-31, 55-59, 86-80, 107-96
Cignal 86-Potts 17, Raymundo 16, Jose 12, Atkins 8, Bringas 7, Cahilig 7, Sumalinog 6, Arboleda 5, Sara 5, Arong 1, Batino 1, Villarias 1, Bartolo 0
AMA 76-Pontejos 24, Bonleon 13, Subido 11, Villanueva 9, Bragais 7, Paras 5, Jordan 4, Celso 3, Calma 0, Carpio 0, Macaranas 0, Malones 0, Salonga 0
Quarterscores: 22-16, 44-30, 66-47, 86-76
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