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May 20, 2019

Viernes saves Che'Lu's season to stay in playoff race

CHE'LU gutted out a tough 77-72 thriller over Family Mart-Enderun Tuesday at JCSGO Gym in Cubao to keep itself in the running for the 2019 PBA D-League playoffs.

Jeff Viernes drilled the go-ahead triple with 43.5 seconds left that broke a 72-all deadlock and complete the Revellers' rally from a 15-point hole and an eight-point deficit, 68-60, in the last five minutes of the game.

He finished with 13 points, five rebounds, and five assists as Che'Lu improved to 6-3 in the Aspirants Group.

"No matter what happens, we should end with a win," said coach Stevenson Tiu. "Wala na sa kamay namin ang fate namin. We're just hoping for the better na lang."

Alfred Batino led his side with a double-double in the tune of 14 points and 17 rebounds, as Rey Suerte got 13 points and four boards in the victory.

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But defense was the key for the Revellers, forcing the Titans to commit six turnovers in the final three minutes to steal the game late.

Valandre Chauca carried Family Mart-Enderun (1-7) with 18 points and eight assists, as Fonso Gotladera had 17.

The Scores:

CHE'LU 77 -- Batino 14, Viernes 13, Suerte 13, Bautista 10, Dagangon 9, Collado 7, Dumapig 4, Taganas 3, Manalang 2, Siruma 2, Gabo 0, Bringas 0, Ng 0.

FAMILY MART-ENDERUN 72 -- Chauca 18, Gotladera 17, Hayes 13, Escoto 9, Kuoakou 3, Nunez 3, Gatdula 3, Dungan 3, Vidal 2, Sacundo 1, Tancioco 0, Dela Cruz 0.

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Quarters: 12-22, 38-42, 54-62, 77-72.