AMA turns back Victoria-MLQU; Cignal-San Beda blasts Batangas

MANILA, Feb. 13 (PNA) — AMA mounted another string of wins after trouncing Victoria-MLQU, 88-80, in their PBA D-League Aspirants Cup tie at the Ynares Sports Arena on Monday.

The Titans stormed ahead in the third quarter, stretching their lead to as much as 20 points.

The Stallions mounted a fourth quarter rally, but they could only come to within six.

Juami Tiongson led AMA, which scored its second consecutive victory, with 22 points, four rebounds, and one steal, while Jeron Teng came close to a triple-double after tallying 18 points, 10 rebounds, and seven assists with two steals.

The Titans will miss the services of Teng in their next game against the Blu Dragons on Feb. 21 as he will join Mighty Sports in Dubai for a special tournament.

Robbie Herndon paced Victoria-MLQU with 24 markers, 11 caroms, six assists, and one steal.

Aris Dionisio contributed 23 points, 17 boards, and three blocks.

In the first game, Cignal-San Beda pulled away in the second quarter before downing Batangas, 95-68.

Box Scores:

First Game:

Cignal-San Beda 95-Bolick 19, Villarias 13, Perkins 11, Batino 10, Raymundo 9, Potts 8, Oftana 7, Mocon 5, Arong 4, Tongco 3, Adamos 2, Bahio 2, Bringas 2, Arboleda 0

Batangas 68-Ablaza 16, De Joya 12, Anderson 7, Isit 6, Sara 6, Laude 5, Dela Pena 4, Sedurifa 4, Fortu 3, Lascano 3, Delfinado 2, Magbuhos 0, Mendoza 0, Revadavia 0

Quarterscores: 25-22, 56-34, 73-50, 95-68

Second Game:

AMA 88-Tiongson 22, Teng 18, Bragais 15, Arambulo 9, Alabanza 7, Flores 6, Barua 4, Riley 3, Jumao-as 2, Taganas 2, Carpio 0, Jordan 0, Macaranas 0, Malones 0.

Victoria-MLQU 80-Herndon 24, Dionisio 23, Grimaldo 10, Lao 9, Mag-isa 6, Koga 5, Nicholls 3, Bitoon 0, Butron 0, Ragasa 0, Sorela 0.

Quarterscores: 17-15, 46-37, 69-53, 88-80. Ivan Saldajenos/PNA-northboundasia.com