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CEU bludgeons AMA to stay on top

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By Ivan Stewart Saldajeno

CEU leaned on a second quarter barrage to smother AMA, 118-83, in the main game of the PBA D-League Aspirants Cup twinbill on Thursday at the Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig City.

The Scorpions outscored the Titans, 42-17, in the second half to turn an exciting battle into a blowout.

“Masaya ako sa nilaro ng mga bata. Nung umpisa, medyo nag-adjust pa kami, pero nung nag-focus na kami to run, maganda na ang pinakita ng mga bata,” said Coach Yong Garcia.

Rod Ebondo made 27 points for CEU, which at 6-1 inched closer to an outright semifinal slot.

Robbie Manalang had 23 markers for AMA, which slipped to 1-6.

Box Scores:

CEU 118-Ebondo 27, Aquino 15, Fuentes 12, Veron 12, Manlangit 12, Opiso 10, Caballero 6, Cruz 6, Guinitaran 6, Wamar 6, Uri 5, Arim 2, Chan 0, Saber 0

AMA 83-Manalang 23, Andaya 19, Escalambre 14, Martinez 11, Garcia 5, Lao 5, Antonares 2, Quijano 2, Taganas 2

Quarterscores: 25-24, 67-41, 97-58, 118-83 (PNA)