ZARK’S-Lyceum led from start to finish in dominating AMA Online Education, 109-85, on Thursday in the PBA D-League Aspirants Cup at the Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig City.
The Jawbreakers already surpassed their win total from their debut conference last year as they went 2-1 with Thursday’s win in a game that saw them lead by as many as 27 points.
Playing for the second consecutive playdate this conference appeared to be a non-issue for Zark’s-LPU, who had a 26-14 advantage in fastbreak points.
“We want to keep on sustaining the energy,” said Zark’s-LPU coach Topex Robinson. “We want to change how the D-League will be played from hereon. They have to keep up to us, rather than us keeping up with the D-League.”
Mike Nzeusseu collected 17 points and 10 rebounds, including a dunk against AMA’s Andre Paras late in the game, while CJ Perez had 15 points and 14 rebounds for the Jawbreakers, who already held a 31-19 lead at the end of the first period.
Genmar Bragais had 29 points, while Michael Canete scored 22 points for the AMA, which slipped to 0-2. The Titans also played its second consecutive playdate.
Zark’s-LPU 109 - Nzeusseu 17, Perez 15, Baltazar 13, JC Marcelino 12, Ayay 12, Tansingco 12, JV Marcelino 11, Serrano 5, Ibanez 4, Cinco 4, Marata 0, Santos 0, Liwag 0.
AMA 85 - Bragais 29, Caneta 22, Manalang 10, Escalambre 8, Casino 5, Porter 5, Paras 4, Parcero 2, Garcia 0, Salonga 0, Antonares 0, Raflores 0.
Quarterscores: 31-19; 61-39; 81-64; 109-85.