AMA Online Education stayed alive in the Final Four race of the 2016 PBA D-League Foundation Cup after downing Blustar Detergent 113-84 on Monday at Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig.
It was also a record victory for the Titans, with coach Mark Herrera commending the first winning streak for the franchise.
We established a record for winning our first back-to-back games; we also kept our hope of advancing to the semifinals alive, Herrera said.
But it’s still a tough challenge for AMA, which at 3-5, has to sweep its remaining four games to at least be in contention for the fourth seed.
“We are not thinking of other teams. We are just focusing on increasing our number of wins,” said Herrera.
James Martinez paced the Titans with 32 points on a 5-of-13 shooting from threes.
Rashawn McCarthy also chipped in 24 markers, seven rebounds, and five assists, Jay-R Taganas did it all with 12 points, 16 rebounds, and five dimes, and Ryan Arambulo also got 16 markers in the win.
AMA fired a 13-0 run in the second quarter to pull away from the Dragons and hold a 21-point lead, 48-27, which would later extend to 30, 109-79 late in the fourth.
Chun Hong Ting led Blustar (1-9) with 21 points, while Juami Tiongson added 15 markers.
Kuek Tian Yuan also got a double-double 14 points, 20 rebounds, and four assists as the Dragons fell to their fifth straight defeat.
AMA 113 – Martinez 32, McCarthy 24, Arambulo 16, Taganas 12, Jo. Montemayor 10, Jordan 8, Ortega 5, Carpio 3, Asuncion 2, Belleza 1, Macaranas 0, Je. Montemayor 0.
BLUSTAR DETERGENT 84 –Chun 21, Tiongson 15, Kuek 14, Ma 9, Liaw 8, Teo 6, Wong 3, Choo 2, Mak 2, Palma 2, Yeo 2, Gan 0, Ong 0, Yim 0.
Quarters: 20-19, 54-40, 81-63, 113-84.
Standings W L
Cafe France* 7 1
Racal 7 2
Phoenix 7 2
Tanduay* 6 3
AMA 3 5
Blustar 1 9
Mindanao 0 9
* – playing as of press time
Ynares Sports Arena, Pasig
4 p.m. Phoenix vs Racal
6 p.m. Topstar ZC Mindanao vs Blustar Detergent