Knights, Tams bring down D-League foes

PETRON-LETRAN thwarted St. Clare-Virtual Reality, 91-90, to move to solo third place in the Aspirants Group in the PBA D-League yesterday at the JCSGO Gym.

Paul Santos had a chance to steal the game for the Saints with a baseline jumper, but Junjie Hallare was called for an offensive foul in the final 1.7 seconds, allowing the Knights to escape with the victory.

“Moving screen eh,” said Petron-Letran coach Bonnie Tan. “Hindi naman ako referee, but in my view, ganoon yung nangyari.”

It was a sorry loss for St. Clare, which battled back from a 20-48 deficit in the first half only to fall short.

The win allowed the Knights to raise their record at 5-2, while dropping the Saints to fourth place at 4-2.

Alvin Pasaol, who started off hot with his 10 first quarter points, dropped eight of Petron-Letran’s last 11 points. He eventually finished with 28 points, to go with seven rebounds, and three assists.

In the other game, Cha Dao-FEU downed Wang’s Basketball, 71-63, for  4-3 card in the Foundation division.

Jerrick Balanza contributed 22 points and five rebounds, as well as the assist for a Christian Balagasay lay-up with 13 ticks left that gave back the lead to the Knights, while Jeo Ambohot added a double-double with his 11 points and nine rebounds.

Hallare carried St. Clare with 22 points, 13 coming in the fourth frame, alongside his seven rebounds.

The scores:

First Game

Petron-Letran (91) — Pasaol 28, Balanza 22, Ambohot 11, Taladua 11, Balagasay 6, Caralipio 4, Olivario 4, Reyson 2, Ular 2, Sangalang 1, Mina 0.

St. Clare (90) — Hallare 22, Pare 20, Rivera 18, Fontanilla 9, Rubio 8, Lunor 8, Santos 3, Palencia 2, Fuentes 0.

Quarterscores: 34-13, 54-35, 74-55, 91-90

Second Game

Cha Dao-FEU (71) — Gonzales 20, Bienes 13, Nunag 10, Cani 9, Eboña 6, Celzo 4, Tuffin 3, Comboy 3, Flores 2, Tchuente 1, Stockton 0, Bayquin 0, Senining 0.

Wang’s (63) — Tolentino 17, Vito 7, Lim 7, Tongco 6, Estrella 5, De Mesa 5, Singontiko 5, Iñigo 3, Gerero 2, Santos 2, Bulawan 2, Lucas 2, Brojan 0, Ilac 0.

Quarterscores: 20-16, 38-31, 55-50, 71-63