PETRON-Letran rode the hot hands of Alvin Pasaol to stretch its winning streak to three with a 77-70 victory over Family Mart-Enderun Tuesday in the 2019 PBA D-League at JCSGO Gym in Cubao.
The UE star had 24 points, nine rebounds and three assists as the Knights rose to a 3-1 win-loss record in the Aspirants Group.
"We're still learning. It's a good win for us against a school-based team. Again, natututo pa rin kami every game," said coach Bonnie Tan.
Jerrick Balanza provided support with 14 points, three boards and three assists, as Renato Ular got a double-double of 10 points and 13 boards.
Petron-Letran had to weather the third quarter storm from Family Mart-Enderun, where Valandre Chauca's split from the line cut the deficit down to four, 52-48, with exactly a minute left in the period.
Balanza, though, drilled a triple with 37 seconds left in the frame as the Knights took a 55-48 lead and rode the momentum in the fourth quarter to grab a 66-52 advantage with 4:20 left.
Chauca and John Vidal, though, had no quit on them, taking the Titans back in the game as they cut the lead down to six, 74-68 with 16.1 seconds left, but time just wasn't on their side.
"Enderun played well, gave us good defense na di namin ineexpect. Medyo narattle kami pero gusto ko lang malaman ng mga bata na we have to be composed sa mga ganoong situation," said Tan.
Chauca topped Family Mart-Enderun (0-4) with 22 points on a 5-of-9 shooting from threes, to go with five assists and four rebounds, as Fonso Gotladera had 14 points and six boards in the loss.
Petron Letran 77 - Pasaol 24, Balanza 14, Ular 10, Caralipio 6, Pambid 6, Sangalang 5, Ambohot 4, Balagasay 3, Mina 3, Taladua 2, Olivario 0, Reyson 0, Yu.
Family Mart Enderun 70 - Chauca 22, Gotladera 14, Vidal 9, Presbitero 8, Kouakou 4, Dungan 4, Tancioco 3, Dela Cruz 3, Gatdula 2, Nunez 1, Mariano 0.
Quarterscores: 19-16; 34-25; 55-48; 77-70.