Tanduay zaps Batangas to go solo third


By Ivan Saldajeno

MANILA--On Thursday, one indeed had to go.

Unfortunately for Batangas, the team had to concede.

Tanduay is now the sole third placer in the PBA D-League Foundation Cup standings after burying Batangas, 111-86, at the Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig.

Tanduay began pulling away in the second quarter and finally broke loose in the third quarter after opening the period on a 24-0 run.

“Alam namin yung implication at magiging impact niya sa standings. We knew we had to dig deep and we need to step up and I’m glad that we got the job done,” said Coach Lawrence Chongson.

Von Tambeling dropped 28 points, five rebounds, and three steals, while Lester Alvarez chipped in 20 points, six rebounds, and six assists for Tanduay, which moved up to 5-2.

Paul Varilla had his best game of the conference, tallying 18 points, seven rebounds, and three assists even as Jerwin Gaco tallied a double-double of 13 points and 11 rebounds.

Joseph Sedurifa paced Batangas, which fell to a tie with CEU for fifth place at 4-3, with 24 points and 11 rebounds.

James Forrester made 14 points, three caroms, and two dimes for Batangas in his swan song before going back to duty with GlobalPort in the PBA.

Box Scores:

Tanduay 111-Tambeling 28, Alvarez 20, Varilla 18, Gaco 13, Vigil 7, Taganas 6, Sollano 6, Eguilos 4, Palma 4, Terso 2, Martinez 2, Villamor 1, Sanga 0, Santos 0

Batangas 86-Sedurifa 24, Forrester 14, Ablaza 10, Anderson 9, De Joya 7, Bautista 7, Laude 4, Isit 4, Saitanan 2, Mendoza 2, Mangabang 2, Dela Peña 1, Napoles 0, Ragasa 0

Quarterscores: 21-20, 51-39, 86-55, 111-86

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