MANDALUYONG CITY – AMA University finally barged into the win column by taking down New Era University, 74-69, in continuing action from the 16th National Athletic Association of Schools, Colleges and Universities (NAASCU) basketball games Wednesday (August 31) at the Rizal Technological University Gym. The Titans lost their first two games against Saint Clare College, 67-82, and Lyceum of Subic Bay, 74-84, before registering the breakout win.
Jayson Jordan was on fire despite being saddled with foul trouble, churning out 25 points and 14 rebounds. However, the Titans stepped up after their leader picked up his fifth and final foul early in the fourth period to repel the Hunters’ rallies.
Crucial hits by Miguel Magpantay gave AMA the needed breathing room amidst the strong New Era charge anchored on 11 points courtesy of guard Nemesis de la Cruz. The Titans led for the entire contest, enjoying at one instance an imposing 13-point advantage in the fourth period, 59-46.
Mike de Guzman followed Jordan with 18 points and eight rebounds. The Filipino-Italian recruit dropped nine points in the first period as AMA rushed ahead, 15-9.
Richard Velchez came off the bench to spark New Era with 22 points and nine rebounds. De la Cruz had a basket in the third period prior to his fourth period explosion to finish with 13 points and six rebounds.
How They Scored:
A M A (74) – Jordan 25, de Guzman 18, Ortega 9, Magpantay 8, Fuentes 5, Macaranas 4, Salonga 3, Calma 2, Dulnoan 0, Carpio 0, Pineda 0, Quijano 0.
NEW ERA (69) – Velchez 22, de la Cruz 13, Ramos 11, Akindele 6, Reyes 4, Bringas 4, Cabacungan 3, Roque 3, Pamat 2, Magkalas 2, Absin 0, Kyrin 0, Asistio 0, Perez 0, Castillo 0.
Period Scores: 15-9, 34-30, 55-46, 74-69.