Robbie Manalang drops 40 points as AMA downs Batangas

ABS-CBN Sports on Feb 12, 2018 04:15 PM
Robbie Manalang drops 40 points as AMA downs Batangas
Robbie Manalang (red jersey #2) waxed hot all game long for AMA

Robbie Manalang dropped a conference-high 40 points to guide AMA Online Education to a 96-93 victory versus Batangas-Emilio Aguinaldo College and gain its first win in the 2018 PBA D-League Aspirants’ Cup on Monday at the JCSGO Gym in Quezon City.

The Filipino-American guard shot 8-of-16 from threes to led the charge for the Titans and, more importantly, survive a late flurry from the Generals.

James Martinez also got 18 markers in his return to the AMA camp, Genmar Bragais added 17 points, seven rebounds, and five assists, and Rocky Antonares chipped in a double-double of 12 markers and 12 boards.

Coach Mark Herrera also paraded Arvin Tolentino and Kyles Lao as his new recruits in the game.

“Kumuha tayo ng scorers. Walang umiiskor bukod kay Robbie these last games eh. At least ngayon, may iba tayong option,” he said.

It was almost an easy victory for AMA after jumping to a 12-0 start which even ballooned to 28, 54-26, early in the third period.

Batangas-EAC, however, refused to fold as the trio of Cedric de Joya, Cedric Ablaza, and Jerome Garcia helped their side crawl its way back and get to within two, 93-95, in the final 11 seconds.

Martinez split his foul shots in the last 9.9 ticks, leaving the door open for the Generals, but Earvin Mendoza and Garcia both botched their treys in the waning seconds of the game.

“Sabi ko napagod na rin yung players kanina dahil nababad sila masyado kaya rin nakahabol yung kalaban,” said Herrera.

The Titans did escape with their 1-3 card and kept the Generals at the cellar at 0-4.

De Joya topscored for Batangas-EAC with 21 points, Ablaza registered a double-double of 17 markers and 12 boards, while Garcia had 15 points, four rebounds, and four assists in the defeat.

In the day's other game, Gamboa Coffee Mix-St. Clare clobbered Jose Rizal University in the third quarter to run away with a 93-76 victory.

Filipino-American playmaker Trevis Jackson ignited the rally as he dropped 10 of his 25 points in the Coffee Lovers’ 38-point third period explosion to take the dominant 72-54 edge.

Chris Bitoon formed a perfect running partner for Jackson, dropping eight os his 18 markers in the frame, while also hauling down four rebounds and three assists, while Mohammed Pare lorded in the paint with his double-double 17 points and 12 boards.

Gamboa-St. Clare didn’t have much trouble controlling the pace, outrunning the Heavy Bombers with its 28 fastbreak points and punished its foes for its 23 miscues which led to 23 turnover markers.

This kind of victory is just what coach Jinino Manasala craves for as he hopes that the Coffee Lovers gain the respect of their foes in this foray in the developmental ranks. “Gusto lang naming magbigay ng statement, na ang Gamboa kayang makuha yung respeto ng mga kalaban naming teams na nasa ibang liga,” he said.

Paolo Pontejos topscored JRU (1-2) with 16 points from a 4-of-8 three-point shooting while MJ Dela Virgen got 14 markers in the loss.

BOX SCORES

FIRST GAME

AMA ONLINE EDUCATION 96 — Manalang 40, Martinez 18, Bragais 17, Antonares 12, Tolentino 6, Lao 3, Escalambre 0, Garcia 0, Jordan 0, Matillano 0, Porter 0.

BATANGAS-EAC 93 — De Joya 21, Ablaza 17, Garcia 15, E. Mendoza 11, Diego 10, Laude 6, Bautista 4, Dela Peña 3, Maguliano 2, J. Mendoza 2, Tampoc 2, Martin 0, Neri 0.

QUARTER SCORES: 26-8, 52-26, 71-58, 96-93.

SECOND GAME

GAMBOA COFFEE MIX-ST. CLARE 93 — Jackson 25, Bitoon 18, Pare 17, Dionisio 9, Ambuludto 6, Hallare 6, Rebugio 5, Rubio 4, Acuno 3, Alcober 0, Catura 0, Decano 0, Fontanilla 0, Jumaquio 0.

JRU 76 — Pontejos 16, Dela Virgen 14, Apinan 10, Mendoza 10, Esguerra 7, Tayongtong 7, Tobiano 6, Yu 4, Padua 2, Bordon 0, Perez 0, Silvarez 0.

QUARTER SCORES: 16-17, 34-33, 72-54, 93-76

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