Jeron Teng gives AMA a lift before leaving for Dubai tilt with Mighty, carries Titans over winless Victoria
Jeron Teng makes sure to give AMA some momentum as he leaves to play an international tournament. PBA D-League Images

JERON Teng came up with another strong performance as AMA Online Education held off Victoria Sports-MLQU, 88-80 on Monday in the PBA D-League Aspirants' Cup at the Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig.

Teng had 18 points, 10 rebounds and made seven assists to give AMA a lift before he leaves to join Mighty Sports, which is seeing action in the Dubai Invitational. He will skip out the Titans' game against Blustar Detergent on Feb. 21.

AMA improved to a 4-2 win-loss card, while keeping Victoria Sports winless in four games.

Juami Tiongson shone for AMA down the stretch when Victoria Sports pulled to within six, 79-76, on Aris Dionisio's undergoal stab.

Tiongson retaliated with seven straight points inside the last two minutes to give the Titans a 13-point lead, 86-73.

Victoria Sports refused to fold, mounting a quick 7-0 run to slice the lead to six, 86-80, before Tiongson sealed it with a pair of free throws.

Tiongson topscored for 22 points, including 14 in the payoff quarter.

"Nag-relax kami sa latter part ng game. Sabi ko sa players every game dapat hanggang dulo wag kami magre-relax," said AMA coach Mark Herrera.

Robbie Herndon led Victoria Sports, scoring 24 points, 20 coming in the second half.

Dionisio added 23 markers.

The scores:

AMA 88 - Tiongson 22, Teng 18, Bragais 15, Arambulo 9, Alabanza 7, Flores 6, Barua 4, Riley 3, Jumao-as 2, Taganas 2, Carpio 0, Jordan 0, Macaranas 0, Malones 0.

Victoria Sports 80 - Herndon 24, Dionisio 23, Grimaldo 10, Lao 9, Mag-isa 6, Koga 5, Nicholls 3, Bitoon 0, Butron 0, Ragasa 0, Sorela 0.

Quarterscores: 17-15; 46-37; 69-53; 88-80.

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