PASIG CITY – Expansion team Zark’s Burger finally notched their first win in franchise history via a sound 109-91 drubbing of AMA Online Education at the resumption of the 2017 PBA D-League Foundation Cup at the Ynares Sports Arena Monday afternoon (June 19). The Jawbreakers banked on the combined contributions of the veteran trio of James Mangahas, Robby Celiz and Clark Bautista to hack out the win running away.
After a tight first period, Zark’s went to work as Mangahas and Bautista began to connect from the three-point line to blow the game wide open by halftime, 55-45. The Titans never recovered as Mangahas, Bautista and later Celiz always had a ready answer to their repeated rallies.
“This was a must-win game for us and we have to avoid going down to 0-4,” said Coach Jade Marvin Padrigao, who also scored his first win as a D-League coach after losing all his 12 games at the helm of the Mindanao Aguilas in last season’s Foundation Cup. “We knew we have a chance against a young team like AMA so we went to our veterans and good that they all contributed at the same time.”
Mangahas hit six triples for a total of 26 points to go with 14 rebounds. Celiz was next with 25 points, 11 coming in the first period, while Bautista added 18 points on three triples as the Jawbreakers shot a combined 12 of 25 from beyond the arc compared to the three of 24 clip by AMA.
Ivan Villanueva paced the still winless Titans with 29 points and 15 rebounds. Embons Bonleon, the primary target of the Zark’s defense, shot 20 points and grabbed 14 rebounds.
How They Scored:
ZARK’S BURGER (109) – Mangahas 26, Celiz 25, Bautista 18, de Leon 11, Cayabyab 10, Sheriff 7, Nalos 6, Cudal 3, Ferrer 3, Cariaga 0, Argamino 0, Juruena 0.
AMA ONLINE EDUCATION (91) – Villanueva 29, Bonleon 20, Pontejos 15, Salonga 10, Paras 7, Macaranas 5, Subido 2, Jordan 2, Alas 1, Malones 0, Calma 0, Celso 0.
Period Scores: 23-24, 55-45, 73-66, 109-91.