MANILA, Philippines – Batangas rose to solo second place in the 2017 PBA D-League Foundation Cup after crushing the hapless AMA Online Education, 95-76, on Thursday at the Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig City.
Jhaps Bautist and Joseph Sedurifa got off to a hot start for the Batangueños, who took a 22-10 lead in the first period.
Their advantage ballooned to 21 points, 55-34, with 6:13 left in the third quarter as Batangas cruised to their third win in four games.
“Maganda ‘yung naging investment namin noong nakaraang conference. ‘Yung core ng team ay intact, at sa tingin ko, naa-absorb na nila ‘yung mga gusto ko para sa isang team,” said coach Eric Gonzales.
[Our investment from the previous conference is paying off. The team’s core is intact, and I think they are figuring out what I want to see from them as a team.]
Bautista scored 12 of his 22 points in the first two frames, while also hauling down six rebounds. Sedurifa contributed 16 points, eight boards, and two steals off the bench.
Cedrick Ablaza had 11 points and seven rebounds in Batangas’ bounce-back win. They suffered their first loss, a 70-72 setback to CEU, last Thursday.
Nevertheless, Gonzales still sees plenty of room for improvement, especially with Batangas eyeing a spot in the quarterfinals.
“Sabi ko sa kanila, dream ko na makapasok sa quarters. Kaya ang dami pa rin talaga naming kailangan i-correct,” he said.
[It’s my dream to make it to the quarterfinals. We still have a lot of things to correct if we want to get there.]
Ivan Villanueva carried AMA (0-4) with 14 points and three rebounds, while Renzo Subido had 13 markers and four assists in the defeat.
Andre Paras also registered a double-double with his 10 points and 22 boards in the defeat.
BATANGAS 95 – Bautista 22, Sedurifa 16, Ablaza 11, Anderson 10, De Joya 8, Napoles 7, Ragasa 6, Mag-isa 5, Saitanan 4, Mendoza 3, Laude 3, Dela Peña 0.
AMA ONLINE EDUCATION 76 – Villanueva 14, Subido 13, Alas 12, Paras 10, Bonleon 9, Flores 5, Salonga 4, Pontejos 4, Macaranas 3, Celso 2, Jordan 0, Bragais 0, Malones 0, Carpio 0.
Quarter scores: 22-14, 44-26, 73-57, 95-76.
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