Streaking Scorpions sink Skippers; AMA finally goes online
ABS-CBN Sports on Jul 04, 2017 07:30 PM
Orlan Wamar sparked Centro Escolar University’s fourth straight win as he caught fire in its 70-57 conquest of Marinerong Pilipino Tuesday in the 2017 PBA D-League Foundation Cup in Pasig's Ynares Arena.
The 18-year-old playmaker went on a 5-of-6 sniping from beyond the arc, two of which coming in the payoff period, as the Scorpions ran away from the Skippers and erected the 19-point advantage, 68-49, midway in the frame.
Wamar came off the bench and, in all, corralled 16 points, to go with two rebounds in the win.
“Alam kong lalabas yung laro niya dahil talagang grabe ang work ethic ni Wamar,” said coach Yong Garcia. “May go signal talaga siya mula sa akin para tumira.”
Congolese big man Rod Ebondo imposed his presence in the paint and racked 13 markers, 18 boards, four blocks, and two assists while Christian Uri chipped in 11 in the triumph.
CEU’s four-game winning run helped it rise to 4-2, keeping itself in the running in the race for the elusive top two spots.
On the other hand, Marinerong Pilipino continued its slide and was dealt its third straight loss to fall to 1-4.
Achie Iñigo pumped 13 points, banking on his 3-of-5 shooting from rainbow country, while also grabbing five rebounds and Mark Isip added 12 markers and six boards in the losing effort.
In the first game, AMA Online Education eked out a huge 67-66 victory versus Gamboa Coffee Mix to score its breakthrough win.
Mario Bonleon drained a lead-swinging freebie for the Titans with 8.3 seconds to play after getting fouled by Leo Avenido in the inbound.
The Coffee Lovers wasted a golden opportunity to steal the game after JR Cawaling threw an errant pass to Mark Montuano, which was stolen by Daniel Salonga and cemented AMA’s first win this conference.
“Napakasarap,” said coach Mark Herrera. “Yung tinalo namin, puro ex-pro at sabi nga ng mga players ko, idol nila ang mga yan. Pero sabi ko, basketball ito at kailangan muna nila i-set aside yung mga iniisip nila na yun.”
Bonleon paced AMA with 16 points on a 6-of-17 clip from the field while Jaycee Asuncion contributed 14 markers, five boards, and two assists.
Andre Paras also tallied another double-double with his 11 points and 10 rebounds while Renzo Subido doled out 11 markers and five assists.
The Titans halted their five-game losing slide and rose up to 1-5 while also sending the Coffee Lovers to their fifth consecutive defeat.
Leo Avenido showed the way for Gamboa (1-5) with 15 points and five rebounds while Montuano chimed in 11 markers and 13 boards.
AMA 67 - Bonleon 16, Asuncion 14, Paras 11, Subido 11, Villanueva 6, Alas 3, Flores 3, Salonga 3, Celso 0, Jordan 0, Malones 0.
GAMBOA COFFEE 66 - Avenido 15, Acuña 11, Montuano 11, Cawaling 10, Parala 9, Acibar 8, Knuttel 2, Arellano 0, Dadjilul 0, David 0, Jumao-as 0, Padilla 0, Riva 0, Vidal 0.
QUARTER SCORES: 14-23, 30-35, 52-47, 67-66.
CEU 70 - Wamar 16, Ebondo 13, Uri 11, Casiño 8, Manlangit 5, Aquino 4, Arim 4, Cruz 4, Intic 3, Jeruta 2, Saber 0.
MARINERONG PILIPINO 57 - Iñigo 13, Isip 12, Sargent 10, Javelona 6, Lopez 6, Moralde 4, Alabanza 3, Javillonar 2, Publico 1, Gavieres 0, Gumaru 0, Marata 0, Salcedo 0.
QUARTER SCORES: 14-17, 37-29, 56-45, 70-57.