AMA Online Education blasted winless Topstar ZC Mindanao Aguilas, 109-84, in the PBA D-League Foundation Cup at the Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig City on Thursday.
Ryan Arambulo and Rashawn McCarthy had 24 points apiece as the Titans scored their second win in seven outings.
Also scoring in double digits for AMA were Jay-R Taganas with 17, James Martinez with 14 and Jaycee Asuncion with 12.
AMA coach Mark Herrera hopes the victory over the hapless Aguilas, winless in nine games, would be the start of their rise to playoff contention.
“Kung magtuloy-tuloy panalo namin, magkakaroon kami ng chance sa top 4,” said Herrera.
AMA rolled to a 30-19 start, but the Aguilas stayed within striking distance and ended the first half with just a one-point deficit, 42-41.
Behind McCarthy and Arambulo's combined 25 points in the third period, the Titans regained steam, took a 62-50 spread, and turned the game into a blowout.
Dexter Garcia scored 25 points, hitting three triples, for the Aguilas.
AMA 109 - Arambulo 24, McCarthy 24, Taganas 17, Martinez 14, Asuncion 12, Macaranas 7, Jordan 4, Belleza 3, Bragais 2, Jo. Montemayor 2, Carpio 0, Dizon 0, Je. Montemayor 0, Ortega 0.
Topstar ZC Mindanao 84 - Garcia 25, Jumao-as 15, Cawaling 12, Ongteco 8, Julkipli 7, Argamino 5, Rivera 5, Ignacio 4, Rono 3, Onde 0, Santos 0, Tano 0.
Quarterscores: 30-19; 42-41; 72-62; 109-84.