AMA Online Education rode another scoring explosion for its second straight win, only this time Juami Tiongson provided the fireworks instead of main man Jeron Teng.
Tiongson took the scoring load with 32 points, including the crucial baskets in the final quarter of the Titans' 94-85 win over Cignal-San Beda in the PBA D-League Aspirants' Cup.
Teng, on the other hand, was limited to 16 markers in Tuesday's tussle after his 42-point debut, but later bared that he kept himself busy on the boards and in setting up teammates when his shots weren’t falling.
Tiongson played down the explosive perfomance, adding the Titans had extra motivation against the Hawkeyes side whose core consists of NCAA champion San Beda stars like Davon Potts and JV Mocon.
"We came out sluggish from the start. But then we picked it up in the second quarter. We really wanted to win this kasi we want to stay competitive throughout the league," said Tiongson.
"Everyone knows that AMA struggles, but we wanna make a statement against a strong team in San Beda," he added.
Playing more minutes with the untimely departure of fellow playmaker Diego Dario, Tiongson said he's only maximizing his D-League stint while targeting another PBA comeback.
"Yes I'm making the most out of it. Kasi syempre if ever I make it back to the PBA, sige. If not, okay lang din. Kasi I'm thankful pa rin that I'm playing basketball," said the former Blackwater cager.