ENTER Jeron Teng.
Teng played one of his best games as a pro to power Alaska Milk to a thrilling, come-from-behind 102-97 win over Terrafirma in the PBA Governors’ Cup at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum.
Teng exploded with a career-high 30 points on a remarkable 72-percent clip as the Aces came charging back from 20 points down to escape with the victory.
Teng’s late-game explosion included 14 fourth-quarter points for the Aces, who raised their record to five wins against two losses.
The four-year veteran also finished with five rebounds, three steals, and two assists for the Jeffrey Cariaso-mentored Aces.
Abu Tratter, Allyn Bulanadi, and RK Ilagan also played well for Alaska.
Overshadowed by Alaska’s victory was Magnolia Pambansang Manok, which rolled back Phoenix Super LPG, 103-83, for its sixth straight win.
Mike Harris finished with a double-double of 20 points and 13 rebounds for Magnolia as he outplayed his Phoenix counterpart Dominique Sutton.
Sutton was held to only nine points and eight boards.
Meanwhile, defending champion Barangay Ginebra and San Miguel Beer try to get back into the winning track at each others expense when they square off at 6:45 p.m.
Both the Gin Kings, 3-3, and the Beermen, 3-3, are looking to rebound from defeat at the hands of a similar opponent — Talk N Text.
The two teams, which are currently tied for seventh place, need to win and improve their shaky standings in the 12-team league.
The Ginebra-San Miguel encounter will be last game at the Smart Araneta Coliseum before the league swings over to the Ynares Sports Center in Antipolo to give way to the FIBA World Cup Asian qualifying games on Feb. 24-28 at the Big Dome.
Alaska (102) — Teng 30, Tratter 21, Ashaolu 11, Bulanadi 10, Ahanmisi 7, DiGregorio 4, Ilagan 4, Stockton 4, Herndon 4, Faundo 4, Tolomia 3, Racal 0, Adamos 0, Publico 0.
Terrafirma (97) — Hester 24, Munzon 21, Tiongson 16, Go 11, Calvo 8, Daquioag 8, Cahilig 5, Camson 4, Pascual 0, Ramos 0, Batiller 0.
Quarterscores: 20-25, 42-48, 66-83, 102-97.
Magnolia (103) – Harris 20, Wong 18, Lee 14, Barroca 13, Escoto 9, Corpuz 8, Reavis 6, Sangalang 6, Ahanmisi 5, Jalalon 4, Dionisio 0, Brill 0.
Phoenix (83) –Wright 18, Robles 15, Sutton 9, Manganti 9, Demusis 8, Garcia 8, Perkins 6, Melecio 5, Jazul 3, Chua 2, Camacho 0, Rios 0, Pascual 0.
Quarterscores: 21-20, 39-34, 75-54, 103-83.