AMA Online, CEU join early leaders

ABS-CBN Sports on Feb 19, 2019 07:18 PM
AMA Online, CEU join early leaders
AMA Online Education waylaid McDavid to start its campaign in the 2019 PBA D-League on a high note.

Games Thursday:

(Ynares Sports Arena, Pasig)

12:00 noon -- The Masterpiece-Trinity vs Wangs Basketball

2:00 p.m. -- Metropac-San Beda vs Perpetual

4:00 p.m. -- Go for Gold-CSB vs St. Clare Virtual Reality

 

AMA Online Education steered past McDavid to take the 80-65 victory Tuesday in the 2019 PBA D-League at Paco Arena in Manila.

Franky Johnson played big in this season opener for the Titans with his 24 points, seven rebounds, and two steals.

Joshua Munzon also registered a double-double with his 12 points, 10 rebounds, and three assists, as fellow rookie Troy Rike collected 15 points and eight rebounds.

"Buti nag-jell kami ng maaga. At least, nag-sama sama sila," said a jovial coach Mark Herrera.

Johnson's early spurt allowed AMA to take a 10-0 lead as they went on cruise control in the wire-to-wire victory, annexing the lead to as much as 18, 71-53 early in the fourth period.

Meanwhile, Centro Escolar University dealt Diliman College-Gerry's Grill a rude welcome in the 2019 PBA D-League with a 93-76 beatdown.

Senegalese big man Maodo Malick Diouf was all over the floor for the Scorpions with 15 points, 17 rebounds, three assists, and two blocks, as Tyron Chan got 15 points, 11 coming in the killer third quarter, on top of six boards, an assist, and a steal.

Rich Guinitaran also scattered 13 points, five boards, two dimes, and two steals as he led the game-turning 12-0 run to open the third quarter, 53-37, which ended in a 29-point explosion to grab a 70-49 advantage.

Beninese center Kevin Gandjeto led Diliman-Gerry's with 18 points and nine rebounds, while Joseph Brutas got 14 points and five boards.

Newcomer Kib Montalbo also chimed in six points and five assists for the Titans, in a game where Andre Paras only saw four minutes of action.

McDavid, on the other hand, leaned on Jason Melano who collected 15 points, nine rebounds, and three assists.

 

Box Scores:

First game:

AMA ONLINE EDUCATION (80) -- Johnson 24, Rike 15, Munzon 12, Parcero 8, Montalbo 6, Yu 6, Dela Virgen 5, Garcia 2, Bederi 2, Tambeling 0, Estibar 0, Paras 0, Asuncion 0, Liwag 0, Gonzaga 0.

MCDAVID (65) -- Melano 15, Martinez 10, Escosio 8, Diputado 7, Canada 6, Sorela 4, Colina 4, Monte 3, Pena 2, Cruz 0, Villanueva 0.

Quarters: 21-14, 45-35, 62-53, 80-65.

 

Second game:

CEU (93) -- Diouf 15, Chan 15, Guinitaran 13, Lisbo 9, Uri 8, Rojas 8, Fuentes 7, Diaz 7, Ke. Caballero 6, Intic 2, Formento 2, Ko. Caballero 1, Pamaran 0.

DILIMAN-GERRY'S (76) -- Gandjeto 18, Brutas 14, Ligon 12, Cabanag 11, Mahari 7, Bauzon 4, Darang 4, Coquia 2, Enriquez 2, Salazar 2, Bonsubre 0, Melendez 0, Brill 0.

Quarters: 22-23, 41-37, 70-49, 93-76.

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