PASIG CITY – After suffering their first loss, Batangas returned to the winning track of the 2017 PBA D-League Foundation Cup by spanking AMA Online Education, 95-76, at the Ynares Sports Arena Thursday (June 22). The win enabled the Batanguenos to move to solo Second Place in the 11-team field with a 3-1 win-loss record.
AMA was only in the thick of the fight for only the opening sequences. Starting guard Earvin Mendoza then fired a triple to start a 10-0 run that gave Batangas the lead for good, 12-4, and there was no turning back.
Jerald Bautista, Cedric Ablaza and Joseph Sedurifa then took turns at leading the Batangas offensive, with the lead eventually ballooning to its largest midway in the fourth period, 81-59. By then, Coach Eric Gonzalez had the luxury of giving his role players more minutes.
“We are just reaping the investments from the last conference,” said Coach Gonzalez. “It’s good that we maintained an intact core but we still have a lot to correct particularly on our execution.”
Bautista led all scorers with 22 points on top of five rebounds. Sedurifa added 16 points and eight rebounds while Ablaza had 11 points and seven rebounds as they recovered from their 70-72 setback to Centro Escolar University last June 15.
Ivan Villanueva topped the still winless Titans with 14 followed by Renzo Subido with 13 and Jun Alas with 13. Andre Paras registered another monster performance of 10 points, 22 rebounds and five blocks but it was not enough to prevent AMA’s fourth loss.
How They Scored:
BATANGAS (95) – Bautista 22, Sedurifa 16, Ablaza 11, Anderson 10, de Joya 8, Napoles 7, Ragasa 6, Mag-isa 5, Saitanan 4, Mendoza 3, Laude 3, de la Pena 0.
AMA ONLINE EDUCATION (76) – Villanueva 14, Subido 13, Alas 12, Paras 10, Bonleon 9, Flores 5, Salonga 4, Pontejos 4, Macaranas 3, Celso 2, Carpio 0, Malones 0, Jordan 0, Bragais 0.
Period Scores: 22-14, 44-26, 73-57, 95-76.