PBA D-League

MANILA, Philippines – After concluding his storied UAAP career with a championship and another Finals MVP trophy, De La Salle University star Jeron Teng will now take his talents to the PBA D-League.

Teng, who led La Salle to the UAAP Season 79 men's basketball championship, is among the 128 players who have applied for the 2016 PBA D-League Draft, which is scheduled on December 20.

"I have to join the D-League already in January," said Teng, who ended his collegiate career with two championships.

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Teng, Potts headline PBA D-League draft applicants (December 08, 2016)
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Jeron Teng. Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.net

La Salle hotshot Jeron Teng and San Beda dynamo Davon Potts banner the list of applicants for the 2016 PBA D-League Draft set on December 20.

Leading both of their collegiate squads to their respective leagues’ championship duels, the two headline the 128-man pool from which the 10 participating teams will make their picks for their the 2017 Aspirants’ Cup rosters.

Of the list, 113 are locals while 15 are Fil-foreign applicants.

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10 teams eyed for 2017 PBA D-League Aspirants’ Cup (November 26, 2016)
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There will be a new champion upcoming 2017 PBA D-League Aspirants’ Cup.

Ten teams are set to join the PBA’s development league but Phoenix, which won both the Aspirants’ Cup and Foundation Cup titles, has begged off.

Six squads are already secured of joining, with the league awaiting four more teams with the deadline for payment of the entry fee extended until December 1.

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Chongson proud of Tanduay despite runner-up finish (August 29, 2016)
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PBA D-League

Tanduay coach Lawrence Chongson can live with the fact that his team gave it their all despite losing in the 2016 PBA D-League Foundation Cup Finals.

“Who doesn’t want to end up number one? But then, kung alam mo naman na you gave it your all, yun ang tinakda, na hanggang second place lang. But it’s always better than third, fourth, or fifth place,” Chongson said.

“I’ll always be proud sa achievement namin, sa kung ano man ang narating ng team ko.”

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Phoenix coach pleased with Tolomia’s leadership in title win (August 27, 2016)
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Mike Tolomia. PBA IMAGES

Experience is the biggest teacher, and Phoenix sure is fortunate to have that on its side.

Pushed to their limit in the 2016 PBA D-League Foundation Cup Finals, the Accelerators showed their poise and outlasted Tanduay, 87-78, in Game 3 on Thursday.

“Sabi ko sa teammates ko, na-experience na namin yung mga ganoong games. Lumalamang kami ng malaki, tapos humahabol ang kalaban,” said Phoenix’s star guard Mike Tolomia.

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Trump card Jose gets job done as Phoenix captures crown (August 26, 2016)
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Raymar Jose of Phoenix. Inquirer.net

Consider Raymar Jose as Phoenix’s biggest trump card.

Injected to the Accelerators lineup for the first time this conference, the 6-foot-4 bruiser proved to be the missing piece as he helped the team snare the 2016 PBA D-League Foundation Cup title against Tanduay on Thursday.

“Sobrang big factor sya at kita mo naman yung outcome,” said coach Eric Gonzales.

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 The Phoenix Accelerators celebrate after winning the PBA D-League Foundation Cup. Photo courtesy of the PBA Media Bureau

MANILA, Philippines – The Phoenix Accelerators asserted its might early then held off a second-half surge by the Tanduay Rhum Masters to claim an 87-73 victory and clinch the 2016 PBA D-League Foundation Cup crown on Thursday evening at the Alonte Sports Arena in Biñan, Laguna.

Conference MVP Mike Tolomia fought through a poor shooting performance to come up big in the fourth period, scoring nine of his 21 points.

Tolomia also added seven rebounds and four assists to deliver for the Accelerators while bouncing back from a subpar effort in Game 2.

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