Teng posts triple-dou­ble as Fly­ing V gains semis

Tempo - - Sports - By JONAS TERRADO

Jeron Teng had 21 points, 13 as­sists and 11 re­bounds to be­come the fourth player ever to reg­is­ter a triple­dou­ble as Fly­ing V ripped AMA On­line Ed­u­ca­tion, 114-91, last night to se­cure an out­right semi­fi­nals berth in the PBA D-League Foun­da­tion Cup at the Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig City.

The La Salle star re­cov­ered from a 2-of-12 shoot­ing in the first half and con­spired with Eric Sala­mat to turn a tight con­test into an­other ru­n­away vic­tory for the Thun­der, who re­mained un­beaten af­ter eight games.

Teng joined Ray Parks Jr., Mike Tolo­mia (who did it twice) and Kent Sal­ado as the only play­ers to pro­duce a triple-dou­ble in the league’s six-year his­tory.

“(Fly­ing V) coach Eric (Al­tami­rano) told me to be bet­ter kasi I’m turn­ing pro to add di­men­sions to my game, and that’s what I did. For me, it’s a con­tin­u­ous learn­ing ex­pe­ri­ence for me, I just tried to get bet­ter each game,” said Teng, whose feat came de­spite a 7-of-24 shoot­ing.

Sala­mat fired four of his seven threes in the third quar­ter to fin­ish with a game-high 33 points for Fly­ing V, which moved two wins shy of com­plet­ing a 10-game sweep of the elim­i­na­tion round.

Ear­lier, Cen­tro Es­co­lar Univer­sity over­came the ab­sence of Rod Ebondo due to sick­ness a late rally by Gam­boa Cof­fee to eke out a 100-96 win and en­hance its quar­ter­fi­nals bid.

Rich Guini­taran scored eight of his 24 points in the fourth quar­ter as the Scor­pi­ons re­cov­ered from los­ing a 16-point lead in the third to bounce back from Tues­day’s 91-79 loss to Fly­ing V.

Pa­trick Aquino added 18 points, Or­lan Wa­mar de­liv­ered 16 points, 11 as­sists and five re­bounds and Mark Cruz chipped in 10 points and six re­bounds for the Scor­pi­ons, who im­proved to 5-3 for joint fourth with Wangs Bas­ket­ball de­spite play­ing sans Ebondo due to pneu­mo­nia.

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