July 12, 2018

Che'Lu Bar and Grill pulverizes AMA, 139-101

Jeff Viernes powered Che'Lu Bar and Grill to a 139-101 rout of AMA Online Education Thursday in the 2018 PBA D-League Foundation Cup at Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig.

The former GlobalPort guard drilled seven treys en route to a game-high 35 points to lead Revellers back to the top of the standings with their 6-2 record. He also dished four assists, three rebounds, and three steals

Levi Hernandez bounced back big with his 22 points, 17 coming in the second half, to go with six boards and four assists.

Jason Melano tallied a double-double of 12 points and 10 rebounds, while Chris Bitoon scored 12 points and four assists in the blowout.

Coach Stevenson Tiu, though, used this game as a chance to test his seldom-used players in preparation for the playoffs.

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"When is good enough? Di naman pare-pareho ang makakalaban, kaya dapat yung intensity natin, dapat pare-parehas. Kailangan ayusin natin yung mga bad habits sa mga ganitong laro," he said.

"Yung mga games na ito ang pwede namin i-test yung ibang players para pagdating sa playoffs, handa sila."

Che'Lu broke away in the second quarter as it erupted for 31 points to jump to a 60-42 halftime advantage. The lead swelled to 40, 136-96, ona Dawn Ochea's bucket as the Revellers hardly broke a sweat in the rout.

Andre Paras carried the also-ran Titans (0-8) with 16 points and 12 rebounds, while John Carlo Garcia and Ken Soriano both notched 15 each.

The Scores:

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CHE'LU BAR AND GRILL 139 - Viernes 35, Hernandez 22, Bitoon 12, Melano 12, Collado 11, Siruma 10, Ng 9, Flores 8, Lao 5, Taganas 5, Mallari 4, Sta. Ana 4, Ochea 2.

AMA ONLINE EDUCATION 101 - Paras 16, Garcia 15, Soriano 15, Graham 13, Jordan 9, Matillano 8, Escalambre 7, Serrano 6, Calma 5, Nacpil 3, Rivera 2, Sabile 2, Alao 0, Barde 0.

Quarters: 29-20, 60-42, 99-83, 139-101.