PBA Governors' Cup

Teng tows Alaska in comeback win as Terrafirma crumbles

Delfin Dioquino
Teng tows Alaska in comeback win as Terrafirma crumbles

WIN STREAK. Jeron Teng and Alaska claim their third consecutive win.

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Determined to give Alaska a fitting swan song in its final PBA conference, Jeron Teng steals the show in the fourth quarter as the Aces complete a comeback from a 20-point hole

MANILA, Philippines – Like a man on a mission, Jeron Teng took over late and towed Alaska to a gritty 102-97 comeback win over Terrafirma in the PBA Governors’ Cup at the Araneta Coliseum on Saturday, February 19.

Teng erupted for 14 points in the fourth quarter and finished with a career-high 30 points to help the Aces storm back from a 20-point hole en route to their third consecutive victory.

Determined to give Alaska a fitting swan song in its final PBA conference, Teng dropped 8 points in the final three minutes as he singlehandedly matched the 14 fourth-quarter points of the stunned Dyip.

Terrafirma led by as many as 17 points in the last salvo before Alaska clawed its way back into the game, erecting a 15-6 run sparked by rookie Allyn Bulanadi to move within 8 points, 81-89.

Aces rookies RK Ilagan and Alec Stockton also came through as they drained back-to-back buckets to give Alaska its first lead since the first quarter, 94-93, before Teng stole the show with his fearless drives.

Teng also churned out 5 rebounds, 3 steals, and 2 assists, Abu Tratter put up 21 points and 10 rebounds, while import Olu Ashaolu made up for a quiet scoring night of 11 points by adding 19 rebounds and 6 assists.

Bulanadi came off the bench and produced 10 points and 3 rebounds as the Aces improved to 4-3 for solo third place in the team standings.

Import Antonio Hester submitted his first PBA triple-double of 24 points, 14 rebounds, 11 assists, and 3 steals for the Dyip, but his impressive numbers went for naught in another heartbreaking loss.

Terrafirma got outscored 14-36 in the fourth quarter as it slipped to 2-5.

Joshua Munzon had 21 points and 7 rebounds in the defeat, while Juami Tiongson contributed 16 points.

The Scores

Alaska 102 – Teng 30, Tratter 21, Ashaolu 11, Bulanadi 10, Ahanmisi 7, Digregorio 4, Faundo 4, Ilagan 4, Herndon 4, Stockton 4, Tolomia 3, Adamos 0, Publico 4, Racal 0.

Terrafirma 97 – Hester 24, Munzon 21, Tiongson 16, Go 11, Calvo 8, Daquioag 8, Camson 4, Pascual 0, Ramos 0, Batiller 0. 

Quarters: 20-25, 42-48, 66-83, 102-97.

– Rappler.com

Delfin Dioquino

Delfin Dioquino dreamt of being a PBA player, but he did not have the skills to make it. So he pursued the next best thing to being an athlete – to write about them. He took up journalism at the University of Santo Tomas and joined Rappler as soon as he graduated in 2017.