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    Triple towers trump Munzon explosion as Letran bullies AMA for first win

    Mar 5, 2019
    Larry Muyang anchored the Knights' inside attack.
    PHOTO: freddie dionisio

    LARRY Muyang led the all-around attack for Petron-Letran as it bullied AMA Online Education, 108-91, Tuesday in the 2019 PBA D-League at Paco Arena in Manila.

    Muyang, the NCAA Season 94 Rookie of the Year, imposed his will down low, scoring 15 of his 21 points in the fourth quarter to spearhead the Knights in fending off the Titans. He also grabbed seven rebounds in the win.

    Petron-Letran made a living down low, with Christian Fajarito posting 15 points, seven rebounds, and two assists, and Jeo Ambohot collecting a double-double of 14 points and 12 rebounds.

    "Very talented big men from coach Jeff Napa," remarked coach Bonnie Tan, still giving a toast to his predecessor. "Si Larry, nabigyan ng konting lakas ng loob dahil nandito na yung partner niya na si Fajarito."

    Jerrick Balanza also poured 18 points and two rebounds to bounce back from his atrocious 2-of-13 shooting from last game.

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    Alvin Pasaol chipped in eight points, six rebounds, and six assists despite shooting 3-of-10 from the field as the Knights gave Tan his first victory at the helm.

    "We're happy na nanalo din kami. Pero playing here in the PBA D-League, win or lose, parati kaming panalo kasi we're gaining experience. Happy lang ako na hindi sila umatras sa challenge today," said the soft-spoken tactician.

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    Petron-Letran improved to a 1-1 win-loss record in the Aspirants Group, while sending AMA to its second straight defeat to drop to 1-2.

    The Titans threatened to close in after clawing back from an 18-point deficit, 55-37, behind Joshua Munzon, cutting the lead down to just six, 65-59 with 3:52 left in the third period, but as the case all game long, the Knights went back to their strength in the post as Muyang, Fajarito, and Ambohot dictated the game from the inside.

    Munzon finished with 38 points, five assists, five steals, and four rebounds in the losing effort for AMA.

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    Franky Johnson and Mark Yu both had 10 in the defeat.

    The scores:

    PETRON-LETRAN 108 -- Muyang 21, Balanza 18, Fajarito 15, Ambohot 14, Pasaol 8, Olivario 7, Caralipio 7, Sangalang 4, Pambid 4, Mina 4, Reyson 3, Balagasay 2, Sta. Ana 1, Galvelo 0.

    AMA 91 -- Munzon 38, Yu 10, Johnson 10, Rike 9, Parcero 9, Dela Virgen 7, Mabulac 4, Montalbo 3, Estibar 1, Gonzaga 0, Asuncion 0, Bederi 0, Liwag 0, Garcia 0.

    Quarters: 18-15, 51-37, 78-67, 108-91.

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    Larry Muyang anchored the Knights' inside attack.
    PHOTO: freddie dionisio
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