PETRON-LETRAN showed its character and ran away with a lopsided 89-64 rout over McDavid on Monday for its second straight victory in the 2019 PBA D-League at Paco Arena in Manila.
But the Knights responded by opening the fourth quarter with 10 unanswered points to restore order, 70-54, with 7:52 left. They went on to lead by as many as 26 in the closing seconds.
Jeo Ambohot led the Knights with 17 points and eight rebounds while Jerrick Balanza addde 12 points, four assists, and two steals as the Knights improved to 2-1.
Larry Muyang turned in 11 points on a perfect 4-of-4 shooting from the field and had six assists for Letran.
"Actually it's a good win for a young team against a veteran team," said coach Bonnie Tan. "Again, we're here to learn and to get experience sa mga ganitong laro."
Petron-Letran blew a 17-point lead late in the second quarter as McDavid stormed back in the third canto behind Dahrrell Caranguian to pull within, 58-54, with 1:16 to go.
"Medyo nagrelax eh, but we'll be learning from this kind of games," said Tan.
Caranguian was the lone double-digit scorer with 15 points McDavid, which has now lost three straight.
Petron-Letran 89 - Ambohot 17, Balanza 12, Muyang 12, Sangalang 8, Taladua 8, Pasaol 8, Mina 6, Reyson 5, Balagasay 4, Caralipio 4, Olivario 2, Ular 2, Pambid 2.
McDavid 64 - Caranguian 15, Sorela 9, Menor 9, Diputado 8, Colina 6, Martinez 5, Escosio 4, Monte 3, Melano 3, Lozada 2.
Quarterscores: 16-12, 44-29, 60-54, 89-64.