AMA led from the start and scored an 89-81 victory over Livermarin on Thursday at the start of the PBA D-League Foundation Cup at the Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig City.
Jerramy King had 24 points, eight rebounds, six assists, and two steals, while Jay-R Taganas had 19 points and 19 rebounds for the Titans.
“Very fulfilling kasi pinaghirapan din namin ito,” said AMA coach Mark Herrera, whose team only won three games in the Aspirants Cup.
The Titans led by as many as 21 points but saw their lead drop to 84-79 on back-to-back three-point plays by Mike Calisaan and Ryan Costelo with 1:34 left in the fourth. AMA put a stop to Livermarin’s run as Taganas quickly answered with a deuce to eventually take the win.
Choi Ignacio and Leo De Vera had 14 points each for Livermarin in its first game in the developmental league.
AMA (89)—King 24, Taganas 19, Arellano 12, Terso 11, Maiquez 10, Sison 8, Tampus 3, Martinez 2, Diswe 0.
Livermarin (81)—Ignacio 14, De Vera 14, Ortouste 10, Calisaan 9, Laude 9, Dela Cruz 7, Rios 6, Balucanag 4, Ambohot 4, Costelo 3, Abad 1, Fabian 0, Santos 0.
Quarterscores: 26-16; 47-34; 67-49; 89-81.