ENTERING THEIR fifth consecutive conference of participation in the PBA D-League, AMA Online Education and its multi-titled Coach Mark Herrera is out to make the loudest noise ever as the squad is currently holding open tryouts for next year’s Aspirants Cup. Interested players are requested to report to the AMA University Gym in Project 8, Quezon City every Monday and Friday at 10:00 AM and every Wednesday at 6:00 PM.
The said tryouts are open to all free agents under the age of 30 regardless of playing position, including ex-PBA pros. “It’s a total team revamp, even the AMA varsity players are not assured of their slots,” said Coach Herrera, who also doubles as AMA’s Sports Director.
In line with D-League rules, at least six slots are to be filled by the current AMA varsity. The Titans are coming off their return season in the National Athletic Association of Schools, Colleges and Universities (NAASCU) where they finished with a 4-9 win-loss card good for 11th place in the 14-school Seniors Division while their Junior Titans bagged runner-up honors in the Juniors Division for players aged 19 years and below.
Coach Herrera has compiled a 13-29 record in the last four D-League conferences. The Titans advanced to the playoffs once during the Aspirants Cup earlier this year where they lost to Caida Tiles in the quarterfinals, 97-122.
Still, the team takes pride in their alumni who made good. In the recent PBA Rookie Draft alone held last October 30, former Titans Jammer Jamito, Joseph Eriobu, Rashawn McCarthy, Jovit de la Cruz and Ryan Arambulo heard their names called as possible future pros while the trio of Jerramy King, Joshua Cubillo and Jawhar Purdy were selected in the 2015 Draft.
“We are for player development as seen through our products who are slowly realizing their basketball dreams,” added Coach Herrera. “Our team may be a school-based team but we are always ready to give it our best effort and we have consistently played proudly all-Filipino.”
A member of the University of the East varsity in the UAAP in his youth, Coach Herrera has collected a good number of trophies from almost two decades of coaching experience from the grade school to the semi-professional ranks. However, success in the D-League has eluded him but he hopes to change all that with an improved roster.
The Titans would like to thank team owners Ambassador Amable R. Aguiluz V and Amable C. Aguiluz IX and team manager Engr. Arnel Hibo for their unending support. The PBA D-League Aspirants Cup is scheduled to kick off in January, 2017.