Juami Tiongson fired 32 points to lead the league-leading AMA Online Education down Cignal-San Beda, 94-85, Tuesday in the 2017 D-League Aspirants’ Cup at Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig.
The Titans’ lead playmaker had himself going in the fourth, dropping 12 of his game-high production, on a 10-of-16 field goal shooting, six rebounds and three assists.
“Kinausap ko si Juami before the game. Alam namin na malaking bagay ang pagkawala ni Diego (Dario) and I asked him that he has to make the most of his extra minutes,” said coach Mark Herrera, as AMA stayed unbeaten at 2-0. “I’m happy, but I’m not surprised din naman kasi si Juami talaga ang isa sa nagdadala sa team.”
Jeron Teng chipped in 16 markers and 15 boards, while PJ Barua had 13 points in the win.
Genmar Bragais also embodied the tireless effort AMA displayed, ending the game with 10 markers and eight rebounds.
Tiongson caught fire and captained the telling 21-6 tear between the third and fourth periods to turn a 61-60 Cignal lead to an 81-67 advantage midway in the fourth.
Davon Potts led the Hawkeyes with 18 points and two rebounds, while Mark Bringas got 14 markers.
Jason Perkins also had 13 points and 10 boards in the defeat.
In the first game, Jose Rizal University went on a late flurry to score a 75-64 victory over Blustar Detergent.
Tey Teodoro took charge late, as he got eight of his 20 points in the Heavy Bombers’ killer 11-0 blast to help his side grab a 73-60 lead with 42.0 seconds remaining.
The burly guard shot on a 4-of-7 clip from threes, alongside seven rebounds.
Jhaps Bautista also had 18 markers on a 4-6 shooting from threes, to go with six boards, and four assists off the bench.
“Bad start kami eh. Sinabi ko na sa huddle na I’m sure that they’re going to adjust. Baka unang laban kaya nanibago lang yung Blustar kaso binigyan na nila ng confidence eh,” said coach Vergel Meneses.
Alvin Vui Hang Ang paced winless Blustar with 15 points, four rebounds, and four assists, while Liaw Chee Huei got 14 markers and seven boards.
JRU 75 – Teodoro 20, Bautista 18, Poutouochi 9, Grospe 8, Lasquety 6, Pontejos 5, Dela Virgen 3, Astilla 2, Lopez 2, Mate 2, Sabellina 0.
BLUSTAR 64 – Ang 15, Liaw 14, Kwaan 13, Mak 8, Ong 6, Choong 4, Chin 4, Heng 0.
Quarters: 19-22, 40-33, 53-51, 75-64.
AMA 94 – Tiongson 32, Teng 16, Barua 13, Bragais 10, Arambulo 8, Olayon 8, Alabanza 7, Argamino 0, Calma 0, Jordan 0, Riley 0, Taganas 0.
CIGNAL 85 – Potts 18, Bringas 14, Perkins 13, Bolick 9, Mocon 9, Arboleda 5, Arong 5, Tongco 4, Oftana 3, Raymundo 3, Adamos 2, Bahio 0, Batino 0, Villarias 0.
Quarters: 21-26, 46-47, 72-63, 94-85.