Troy Rosario sparks second-half surge as Hapee turns back AMA University
Troy Rosario and the Hapee Fresh Fighters now share second place after a slow start to the conference. Czeasar Dancel

TROY Rosario scored 12 of his game-high 18 points in the second half as Hapee beat AMA University, 69-65, on Thursday in the PBA D-League Foundation Cup at the Ynares Sports Arena.

The Fresh Fighters fought back after trailing 27-35 at the half to capture their second win in three outings.

Hapee couldn’t put AMA away easily, with James Martinez tying the count at 58 midway in the fourth.

But after a Scottie Thompson two free throws, Rosario nailed a triple for a five-point lead nearing the two-minute mark of the game.

The Fresh Fighters join Jumbo Plastic Linoleum and Café France in second place behind undefeated Cebuana Lhuillier (3-0).

Chris Newsome had 12 points, while Thompson added 11 for the Fresh Fighters.

AMA now holds a 2-2 win-loss record.

The scores:

Hapee (69)—Rosario 18, Newsome 12, Thompson 11, Long 9, Bringas 8, Elorde 4, Romero 4, Mendoza 3, Hayes 0, Gamboa 0, Villahermosa 0, Gabo 0, Lopez 0

AMA (65)—Martinez 17, Maiquez 10, Tampus 9, King 9, Taganas 7, Terso 5, Sison 4, Jordan 2, Arellano 2

Quarterscores: 10-16; 25-37; 50-43; 69-65.

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