AMA Online Education finally snapped a five-game losing streak with a thrilling 67-66 victory over Gamboa Coffee Mix in the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) D-League Foundation Cup on Tuesday at the Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig City.
Trailing by three points with 1:51 left in the payoff period, 61-64, the Titans uncorked a 6-2 wind-up to steal the game from the Coffee Lovers and notch their first win in the tournament.
“I have the best feeling now. I told my players to set aside whatever on their minds. They just need to focus and we must win the game,” said AMA Online coach Mark Herrera.
Mario Bonleon topscored for the Titans with 16 points including the game-winning free throw while Jaycee Asuncion and Renzo Subido contributed 14 and 11 markers, respectively.
Asuncion and Subido joined forces in the closing minutes, hitting the crucial baskets to give the Titans a 66-64 lead before Gamboa Coffee’s JR Cawaling tied the match with a jumper, 66-all.
Bonleon was sent to the free throw line by Coffee Lovers playing-coach Leo Avenido with 8.3 ticks left and the former University of Santo Tomas cager split his free throws, 67-66.
Gamboa Coffee had a shot to reclaim the lead and the game but Cawaling’s pass to Mark Montuano was intercepted by Daniel Salonga to seal AMA’s first win.
Andrei Paras netted a double-double game of 11 points and 10 rebounds for the Titans.
Avenido had 15 points and five rebounds to lead the Coffee Lovers, who dropped to 1-5.
Montuano added 11 markers and 13 rebounds while Val Acuña and JR Cawiling hit for 11 and 10 points, respectively for Gamboa Coffee.