Zark’s Burger takes grassroots cagers to D-League (May 13, 2017)
Randolph B. Leongson [ Source: Inquirer ]

Zark’s Burger Jawbreakers. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

Dominating the recreational leagues around the metro, Zark’s Burger will now make the leap as it brings its act to the next level with its entry in the PBA D-League.

“(We’ve) thinking about this for a long time. We’ve been joining leagues for years but now is the right time to take our team to the next level just like raising the level of our brand,” said Jawbreakers team owner Commie Zark Espina-Varona on Friday.

Coach Marvin Jade Padrigao has been entrusted the reins to lead Zark’s Burger in its foray this upcoming 2017 PBA D-League Foundation Cup.

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Cignal faces tough field in D-League Foundation Cup (May 11, 2017)
Randolph B. Leongson [ Source: Inquirer ]

Cignal. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/

Cignal HD braces for a tough campaign as it leads the 11-team field seeing action in the upcoming 2017 PBA D-League Foundation Cup.

Coach Boyet Fernandez is hoping to replicate his previous feats where he won back-to-back titles dating back to his NLEX days.

But this time, he’s looking to keep the Hawkeyes at the top of the mountain after winning the past Aspirants’ Cup.

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Gab Banal finds redemption with Flying V Thunder (May 10, 2017)
Ricky Olivares [ Source: Philippine Star ]

 Gab Banal

 MANILA, Philippines — In some ways, Gab Banal is like a basketball nomad. After his high school days in Xavier, he moved to La Salle for college then transferred to his father, Joel’s alma mater, Mapua. He joined the 2014 PBA Draft where Barako Bull tabbed him 22nd overall. Except he wasn’t signed and he became a practice player for the Star Hotshots for two seasons. He then moved to GlobalPort for two years where he played sparingly.

Yet instead of getting beat down, Banal, remains positive and is back on his feet.

Now with the Flying V Thunder who are currently participating in the FilOil flying V Premier Cup in preparation for its maiden D-League stint in the upcoming Foundation Cup, Banal, has been one of the steadiest players on the squad.

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 Eric Salamat

 MANILA, Philippines — Early in the second period in a tune-up match against the Far Eastern University Tamaraws in the FilOil Flying V Premier Cup, Eric Salamat drilled a huge triple from the left corner pocket to hike the Flying V Thunder’s lead to nine points.

Salamat pointed to his teammates on the bench and saluted.

It was the shooting guard’s signature move. A steal, a trey, and a salute.

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Jeron Teng says D-League team Flying V has ‘high potential’ (May 07, 2017)
Randolph B. Leongson [ Source: Inquirer ]

Jeron Teng. Photo by Randolph B. Leongson/

Despite settling for a draw against Arellano, Jeron Teng liked what he saw in his new team in PBA D-League newcomer Flying V.

“We didn’t get the result that we wanted but it’s a good start for us,” Teng said.

The Thunder fought the tough Chiefs  to a 77-77 stalemate in a tuneup game on Friday, where they had to crawl back from a 75-67 hole in the final three minutes.

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 The members of the Flying V Thunder are presented to the media. Camille B. Naredo, ABS-CBN News

MANILA, Philippines – From collegiate rivals to teammates.

PBA D-League newcomer Flying V Thunder will feature a mix of players from the Ateneo de Manila University and De La Salle University when they make their debut in the Foundation Cup on May 25.

Jeron Teng, fresh off a campaign with AMA Online Education in the Aspirants' Cup, will now suit up for Flying V where he will be joined by former teammate Thomas Torres.

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Teng believes chemistry is key in Flying V’s D-L title drive (May 04, 2017)
Randolph B. Leongson [ Source: Inquirer ]

Jeron Teng. PBA IMAGES

Failing to advance in the semifinals in his first foray in the developmentals, Jeron Teng seeks to make a bigger mark as he joins the upstart Flying V Thunder this upcoming 2017 PBA D-League Foundation Cup.

And he has no doubt that he can accomplish what he failed to do so last conference, especially with familiar faces flanking him in the squad.

Teng will reunite with coach Eric Altamirano in the team after previously joining forces in the youth team back in 2010.

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