QUEZON CITY – James Martinez made history by shattering the all-time mark for most points in a game to help AMA Online Education prevail over Topstar ZC Mindanao, 125-76, as the elimination round of the 2016 PBA D-League Foundation Cup enters its final stages at the Jesus Christ Saves Global Outreach (JCSGO) Gym Tuesday (August 2). With nothing but pride at stake, Martinez put on a one-man show worth remembering by unloading 58 points!
It became obvious in the Titans’ game plan as they constantly fed the ball to Martinez, who responded well to their confidence. In the fourth period alone, he unloaded 31 points to outscore the entire Aguilas quintet that could only muster 12 markers.
It was not exactly a good start for Martinez, who hopes this performance could lead to a return ticket to the PBA after a brief stint with the defunct Coca-Cola/Powerade franchise years back. He could only cough up a free throw in the first period as the score ended up deadlocked at 19-19, but got his groove going by hitting 13 points each in the second and third cantos.
The 58-point effort easily erased the old standard of 41 points set by Mac Belo for Phoenix Petroleum in a 91-108 loss to Caida Tiles (now Racal Tiles) in the Aspirants Cup earlier this year. Martinez drew support from Jay-R Taganas with 13 and John Montemayor with 10.
The Aguilas absorbed their 11th straight defeat of the tournament and face the ignominy of going winless as they face no less than defending champion CafeFrance in their final assignment on August 9. Gino Jumao-as paced the Aguilas with 19 points followed by JR Cawaling with 16,
How They Scored:
AMA ONLINE EDUCATION (125) – Martinez 58, Taganas 13, Jo Montemayor 10, Macaranas 9, Jordan 9, Asuncion 8, McCarthy 7, Bragais 4, Calma 4, Ortega 3, Carpio 0, Arambulo 0, Belleza 0.
TOPSTAR ZC MINDANAO (76) – Jumao-as 19, Cawaling 16, Garcia 12, Ongteco 7, Argamino 6, Tano 6, Julkipli 5, Rivera 3, Dadjilul 2.
Period Scores: 19-19, 49-40, 81-64, 125-76.