Red-hot Teng shoots AMA back on track even as Racal remains perfect
ABS-CBN Sports on Feb 06, 2017 04:04 PM
FOLLOW THE LEADER. Jeron Teng and AMA got the better of a competitive JRU side to put an end to their short struggles.
Barging back into the win column in the 2017 PBA D-League Aspirants Cup, AMA Online Education pulled off a 69-61 win over Jose Rizal University.
Jeron Teng unloaded 11 of his 31 points in the fourth quarter, on top of six rebounds, to carry the Titans late on Monday at JCSGO Gym in Quezon City
AMA crawled back from a 52-47 deficit early in the payoff period and banked on a Teng-led 11-1 blast to hold a 58-53 advantage with 5:50 to play.
Though the Titans allowed Teytey Teodoro to recover and grab a 59-51 lead for JRU, they sealed the deal by going on an 11-2 finishing kick.
"Nandoon yung composure ng team sa huli. Last three minutes, humabol pa yung kalaban pero sabi ko sa players, walang bibitaw. Must-win kasi talaga dito sa JRU," said coach Mark Herrera.
New signing Gino Jumao-as chimed in 12 markers and seven boards while Jay-R Taganas tallied a double-double of 10 points and 16 rebounds for AMA which improved to a 3-2 slate.
Paolo Pontejos captained JRU with 19 points, but saw the Heavy Bombers fall to their first defeat in three games.
In the first game, Racal stayed unscathed by beating Batangas, 91-78, for its third straight victory.
Sidney Onwubere caught fire and scattered 18 points, five rebounds, two assists, and two steals for the Tile Masters.
Kent Salado also chipped in 17 markers, six assists, and three boards while Jackson Corpuz got seven of his 14 points in the second quarter pullaway, where Racal established a 40-26 advantage.
"Depensa yung malaking bagay para sa amin," said coach Jerry Codinera. "We had a slow start, but we remained aggressive in the second quarter and eventually, we were able to pull away."
The Tile Masters unleashed a 17-0 blast in the second frame, grabbing a 40-26 lead before extending it to as high as 25, 79-54.
Joseph Sedurifa paced Batangas (1-3) with 20 points and six rebounds while Dan Sara added 12 markers of his own.
RACAL 91 - Onwubere 18, Salado 17, Corpuz 14, Terso 9, Nambatac 7, Cabrera 6, Mangahas 6, Torres 5, Gabayni 3, Flores 2, Gumaru 2, Apreku 1, Gabawan 1, Dagangon 0.
BATANGAS 78 - Sedurifa 20, Anderson 12, Sara 12, Dela Pena 10, Lascano 6, De Joya 5, Laude 5, Delfinado 3, Fortu 3, Revadavia 2, Ablaza 0, Magbuhos 0, Mendoza 0.
QUARTER SCORES: 20-17, 43-30, 73-51, 91-78.
AMA 69 - Teng 31, Jumao-as 12, Taganas 10, Arambulo 8, Tiongson 6, Caranguian 2, Alabanza 0, Barua 0, Bragais 0, Jordan 0.
JRU 61 - Pontejos 19, Lasquety 8, Poutouochi 7, Teodoro 7, Bautista 6, Bordon 6, Grospe 4, Estrella 2, Santos 2, Lopez 0, Mate 0.
QUARTER SCORES: 18-17, 31-30, 47-49, 69-61.