Proving that youth can overcome experience, the Petron-Letran Knights showed their character en route to an 89-64 win over McDavid to collect their second straight victory in the 2019 PBA D-League Monday at Paco Arena in Manila.
Jeo Ambohot led the Knights with 17 points and eight rebounds. Jerrick Balanza made 12 points, four assists, and two steals in the win that hiked their win-loss card to 2-1.
Larry Muyang chimed in 11 markers on perfect 4-of-4 shooting from the field on top of six assists and three caroms.
“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 lost hold of a 17-point lead they built late in the second quarter, as McDavid stormed back in the third canto behind Dahrrell Caranguian and closed within four, 58-54, with 1:16 to go.
But the Knights responded by opening the final chapter with 10 unanswered points to restore order, 70-54, with 7:52 on the clock. They would go on to lead by as many as 26 in the final seconds.
“Medyo nag-relax eh, but we’ll be learning from this kind of games,” said Tan.
Caranguian was the lone double-digit scorer with 15 points McDavid, who have now lost their third straight outing.
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.