Former La Salle teammates Jeron Teng, Jason Perkins face off as AMA takes on Cignal
Jeron Teng and Jason Perkins face off in the D-League Aspirants Cup leading their respective teams AMA and Cignal. Dante Peralta

AMA Online Education looks to ride the crest of its opening-game victory when it takes on Cignal-San Beda on Tuesday in the PBA D-League Aspirants' Cup. 

The Titans will again lean on Jeron Teng in the 5 p.m. match at the Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig City following the clash between Jose Rizal University and Blustar.

Teng exceeded expectations as he erupted for 42 points in AMA's 101-95 win over new team Batangas, but Titans coach Mark Herrera said defense will spell the difference if they are to pick up their second win of the conference.

"Actually may inaayos pa kami sa game plan namin. Siguro yung depensa namin, aayusin pa namin ng kaunti," Herrera said. 

The Hawkeyes, on the other hand, will parade a formidable lineup reinforced by former La Salle forward Jason Perkins. 

Signed by Cignal as free agent on Monday last week, Perkins bolstered the Hawkeyes frontcourt bannered by Alfred Batino and Mark Bringas. 

"It really deepens our rotation for our bigs but compared to other teams we're still undersized," Cignal coach Boyet Fernandez said.  

Meanwhile, Blustar will look to atone for its forgettable 109-58 loss to Racal when it tackles Jose Rizal University at 3 p.m. 

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