Jeron Teng caught fire in the third quarter and carried Flying V to a 104-89 blowout win over Tanduay to preserve its pristine record Thursday in the 2017 PBA D-League Foundation Cup at Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig.
Misfiring from the Thunder’s last game against Racal, the 23-year-old swingman recaptured his shooting touch in the second half as he exploded for 11 of his 30 points in the third period, while also hauling down nine rebounds and four assists, to keep his side at the top of the standings at 6-0.
Thomas Torres contributed 18 markers, four assists, three boards, and three steals, while Eric Salamat shot 4-of-7 from three to wound up with 14.
Hans Thiele missed out of a double-double as he racked 14 points, nine rebounds, and two blocks in the victory.
Teng went on a blaze after the halftime break, leading the killer 19-4 assault to turn a close 61-60 lead at the 4:05 mark of the third frame to a commanding 80-64 advantage, as Flying V uncorked 36 points in the quarter.
“I didn’t really expect a lopsided game,” shared coach Eric Altamirano. “We told the boys that this game may come down to the last minutes, that it’s going to be a dogfight, but I think we stepped up defensively and limited Lester Alvarez whom felt was the was the engine of their team.”
Tanduay saw its three-game winning streak cut short as it dropped to a 3-2 slate.
Alvarez paced the Rhum Masters with 23 points on a 4-of-10 clip from beyond the arc, to on top of seven assists and three rebounds, while Jerwin Gaco had 15 markers, seven boards, and three assists off the bench in the losing effort.
FLYING V 104 – Teng 30, Torres 18, Salamat 14, Thiele 14, Dionisio 9, Paredes 8, Banal 8, Webb 2, Cabahug 1, Cañada 0, Colina 0, Tampus 0, Austria 0.
TANDUAY 89 – Alvarez 23, Gaco 15, Santos 10, Tambeling 10, Vigil 8, Palma 6, Varilla 6, Terso 3, Sollano 3, Taganas 3, Martinez 2, Eguilos 0, Sanga 0.
Quarters: 26-17, 44-45, 80-66, 104-89.