THREES were aplenty for Che’Lu Bar and Grill as it buried Centro Escolar University, 105-80, in the 2018 PBA D-League Foundation Cup Thursday at Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig.
Jeff Viernes drained six treys off the bench to pace the Revellers with 22 points, four assists, and two rebounds, while Stephen Siruma collected 14 points built on four long bombs, while also dishing out six assists and three boards.
Che’Lu dialled it up from downtown, making 18 of its 32 shots from beyond the arc for an eye-popping 56-percent clip from threes.
“Ang ganda ng shooting namin today. Mahirap kaming talunin pag ganun ang shooting namin. Yun kasi ang kulang sa amin eh, pero today, pinakita nila sa amin na pwede pala kami,” said coach Stevenson Tiu.
Jessie Collado got 12 points and five rebounds, Jay-R Taganas nabbed a double-double of 10 points and 10 boards, and Chris Bitoon got 10 for the Revellers’ fifth straight victory and stay on top of the standings at 5-1.
Che’Lu’s hot streak didn’t wane even after taking a 50-31 lead late in the first half, extending its advantage to 28, 90-62 with five minutes still to play in the game.
“Hopefully, ituloy-tuloy na natin,” said Tiu.
Pierce Chan carried CEU with 16 points and 11 rebounds, while Rich Guinitaran got 13 in the defeat.
The Scorpions dropped to an even 3-3, putting them in a three-way logjam at third place with Marinerong Pilipino-TIP and Batangas-EAC.
CHE’LU BAR AND GRILL 105 — Viernes 22, Siruma 14, Collado 12, Bitoon 10, Taganas 10, Melano 9, Ng 9, Flores 7, Lao 5, Ochea 4, Sta. Ana 3, Mallari 0.
CEU 80 — Chan 16, Guinitaran 13, Oloume 12, Wamar 11, Ko. Caballero 6, Rojas 5, Ke. Caballero 4, Fuentes 4, Uri 4, Formento 3, Pomaran 2, Intic 0.
Quarters: 23-16, 50-34, 73-48, 105-80.