Jerard Bautista shows way as Batangas rips winless AMA Online
Joseph Sedurifa rises for a shot between Andre Paras and Ivan Villanueva. Dante Peralta

BATANGAS got off to a hot start and eased to a 95-76 victory over AMA Online Education on Thursday in the PBA Foundation Cup at the Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig.

The Batanguenos jumped to a 22-14 lead after the opening quarter and was 18 points ahead by halftime.

Batangas improved to a 3-1 win-loss record while keeping the Titans winless in four games.

Jerard Baustista led all scorers with 22 points, Joseph Sedurifa added 16 and Cedrick Ablaza had 11 markers.

"Maganda yung investment namin last conference at yung core namin intact," said Batangas coach Eric Gonzales, referring to Batangas’ maiden stint in the Aspirants Cup.

"Hopefully, ang dream ko at the end of the elimination round makapasok ako sa quarterfinals."

Ivan Villanueva paced AMA with 14 points, while Andre Paras had 10 points, 22 rebounds and four blocks.

The scores:

Batangas 95 — Bautista 22, Sedurifa 16, Ablaza 11, Anderson 10, De Joya 8, Napoles 7, Ragasa 6, Mag-isa 5, Saitanan 4, Mendoza 3, Laude 3, Dela Peña 0.

AMA Online 76 — Villanueva 14, Subido 13, Alas 12, Paras 10, Bonleon 9, Flores 5, Salonga 4, Pontejos 4, Macaranas 3, Celso 2, Jordan 0, Bragais 0, Malones 0, Carpio 0.

Quarterscores: 22-14; 44-26; 73-57; 95-76.

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