PASIG CITY – AMA Online Education kept its flickering playoff hopes alive by smothering Topstar ZC Mindanao, 109-84, at the 2016 PBA D-League Foundation Cup Thursday (July 21) at the Ynares Sports Arena. The win improved the Titans’ record to 2-5 as they chase idle Tanduay Rhum (6-3) for the fourth and final semifinal slot with five games left on their schedule.
Guards Rashawn McCarthy and Ryan Arambulo put up an incredible shooting display in the third period combining for 25 of AMA’s 30 points as they stretched their lead to double digits entering the third period, 72-62. The Titans encountered tough resistance from the Aguilas anchored on the 11 points of Gino Jumao-as, leading by a mere point at halftime, 42-41.
By the fourth period, AMA pounced on the suddenly lethargic Aguilas. Jay-R Taganas asserted his might and heft in the inside to unload 15 markers, including a stab that gave the Titans their biggest lead of the contest, 103-74.
“We can still make if we beat Blustar in our next game and then we beat Tanduay,” said Coach Mark Herrera. “Our offense has improved a lot especially with the addition of James Martinez.”
McCarthy and Arambulo both finished with 24 points each. Taganas notched a double-double with 17 points and 18 rebounds while Martinez shot two triples for 14 points.
Dexter Garcia paced the also ran Aguilas with 25 points followed by Jumao-as with 15 and JR Cawaling with 12. The Aguilas have stretched their losing streak to 12 games dating back to the last Aspirants Cup earlier this year.
How They Scored:
AMA ONLINE EDUCATION (109) – McCarthy 24, Arambulo 24, Taganas 17, Martinez 14, Asuncion 12, Macaranas 7, Jordan 4, Belleza 3, Bragais 2, Jo Montemayor 2, Carpio 0, Je Montemayor 0, Ortega 0, Dizon 0.
TOPSTAR ZC MINDANAO (84) – Garcia 25, Jumao-as 15, Cawaling 12, Ongteco 8, Julkipli 7, Rivera 5, Argamino 5, Ignacio 4, Rono 3, Onde 0, Lacastesantos 0, Tano 0.
Period Scores: 30-19, 42-41, 72-62, 109-84.