PBA D-League: Viernes, Che'Lu remain in hunt for playoff berth


Posted at May 20 2019 07:06 PM

Che'Lu's Jeff Viernes puts up a shot against Family Mart-Enderun. PBA Media Bureau

MANILA, Philippines – Che'Lu hacked out a thrilling 77-72 victory over Family Mart-Enderun to stay in the running for the 2019 PBA D-League playoffs on Monday at the JCSGO Gym in Cubao.

Jeff Viernes knocked down a three-pointer with 43.5 seconds left to break a 72-all deadlock, and complete the Revellers' fightback from 15 points down.

He finished with 13 points, 5 rebounds, and 5 assists as Che'Lu improved to 6-3 in the Aspirants Group.

"No matter what happens, we should end with a win," said coach Stevenson Tiu. "Wala na sa kamay namin ang fate namin. We're just hoping for the better na lang."

Alfred Batino led his side with a double-double in the tune of 14 points and 17 rebounds, as Rey Suerte got 13 points and four boards in the victory.

But defense was the key for the Revellers, forcing the Titans to commit six turnovers in the final three minutes to steal the game late.

Valandre Chauca carried Family Mart-Enderun (1-7) with 18 points and eight assists, as Fonso Gotladera had 17.

The scores:

CHE'LU 77 -- Batino 14, Viernes 13, Suerte 13, Bautista 10, Dagangon 9, Collado 7, Dumapig 4, Taganas 3, Manalang 2, Siruma 2, Gabo 0, Bringas 0, Ng 0.

FAMILY MART-ENDERUN 72 -- Chauca 18, Gotladera 17, Hayes 13, Escoto 9, Kuoakou 3, Nunez 3, Gatdula 3, Dungan 3, Vidal 2, Sacundo 1, Tancioco 0, Dela Cruz 0.

Quarters: 12-22, 38-42, 54-62, 77-72.

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