Breakthrough D-League win makes Zark's Burger Jawbreakers hungry for more wins
Zark's hopes to have more roster tweaks like finding a solid back-up for Robby Celiz, who fired 25 in the Jawbreakers' breakthrough win in the D-League. Dante Peralta

ZARK'S Burgers has a lot to celebrate these days.

The Jawbreakers notched their first-ever victory in the PBA D-League on Monday when they defeated AMA Online Education, 109-91, to end a winless start in three outings in the Foundation Cup.

Led by James Mangahas and Robby Celiz, the Jawbreakers won in lopsided fashion. Mangahas shot 6-of-12 from threes, while Clark Bautista also contributed three triples for his team's cause.

Zark's, however, isn't just celebrating its first-ever win in the PBA D-League. On Sunday, the company also won its first title as it captured the novice plus division of the LGR Hoops, one of the recreational leagues in Metro Manila.

"Malaking inspiration 'yun. Parang excited pa sila. Masaya lahat," said Zark's team owner Commie Espina Varona, whose team has been a regular in recreational leagues.

"Actually, matagal na kaming sumasali sa recreational leagues pero first time namin mag-champion. Lagi lang first runner-up, laging bitin. Tapos this weekend, nakuha na rin namin tapos undefeated kami."

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After tasting victory in just four tries, the Jawbreakers are hungry for more wins and hope to keep heading in the right direction while looking for the right pieces to complete a competitive roster.

"Masaya kasi sa simula, hindi kami nag-eexpect. Pero ngayon, masarap pala manalo. Sana masundan," said Varona. "Sana tuluy-tuloy ang pag-improve ng team. Kabubuo lang ng team, nung simula, naiintindihan ko pa kung medyo nahihirapan pero kanina, iba 'yung sipag nila."

"May mga konting kulang pa like banger sa loob, solid na back-up kay Celiz. Pero we are in the right direction. Konting pieces pa bago masabing solid 'yung team," he added. 

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