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    Munzon's 40-point games in vain as AMA defense still full of holes

    Mar 14, 2019
    PHOTO: Dante Peralta

    JOSHUA Munzon became the first player to record multiple 40-point games in PBA D-League history.

    But as losses continue to pile up for AMA Online Education, notching these milestones feel hollow for the Fil-Am swingman.

    "Individual stats at this point are just numbers. It's definitely tough to go out there and put up 40 points and lose," he said after posting 41 points in the Titans' 111-81 defeat to Cignal-Ateneo in the 2019 PBA D-League on Thursday.

    While he has lived up to the hype after being taken at No. 1 overall in the past PBA D-League Draft, Munzon is anything but happy with the results as AMA faded to a 1-3 win-loss record.

    Munzon has averaged an eye-popping 41.7 points over his last three games, yet the Titans are down the cellar in the Aspirants Group.

    "For me, it's just what can I do to help my teammates? It's been a struggle at this point but I'm still looking at the bright side. I'm doing some things individually that I haven't done in the past. This is like the most points I put up in a three-game span. I mean, it's two different sides of the spectrum to look at, though it's pretty tough," he said.

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    The 24-year-old said it's obvious that defense - or the lack of it - is weighing down AMA which gives up a league-worst 99.25 points per outing.

    "We just can't seem to get any defensive stops right now," he rued. "Offensively, we put up a good effort, but defense is like where we're gonna win games. And right now, we just can't seem to get any stops. That's costing us games right now. We just gotta play some defense and go from there."

    Working in the Titans' favor, though, is a two-week break which will enable them to reassess and possibly bring in new players before their next outing against St. Clare College Virtual Reality on March 28.

    Munzon welcomes the lengthy respite.

    "I definitely think it will help us," he said. "Coach was talking about maybe bringing in some new guys. We got a lot of time to practice. We gotta start on the defensive end."

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