MANILA, Philippines – James Mangahas and Robby Celiz carried Zark's Burger to its breakthrough victory in the 2017 PBA D-League Foundation Cup, as they routed AMA Online Education, 109-91, on Monday at the Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig City.
Mangahas tallied 26 points, 14 rebounds, and two assists, and was at his best in the second quarter when the Jawbreakers took control of the game, surging to a 55-45 halftime lead.
Celiz then joined the party in the second half, scattering 12 of his 25 markers on top of seven rebounds and four assists to help Zark's snap a three-game slide.
"Sabi ko sa kanila, we're down 0-3, so this is a must-win for us," said Coach Jade Padrigao. "This is our best chance to win because of the make-up of both teams."
"Masaya ako, kasi nawala na 'yung jinx. For me, relief ito. Sana, magtuloy-tuloy na," he added.
Clark Bautista also added 18 points on a 3-of-7 shooting from threes, to go with his six rebounds and three assists.
Mangahas poured 13 in the Jawbreakers’ 32-point second quarter surge to grab the 10-point lead and cruise to their first win in four outings.
Ivan Villanueva anchored AMA with 29 points and 15 rebounds, Mario Bonleon corralled 20 markers on a 9-of-26 shooting, alongside 13 boards, and Paolo Pontejos got 15 on a 1-of-6 sniping from threes in AMA’s third consecutive defeat.
In the second game, Tanduay caught a lucky break in the waning seconds to stave off Marinerong Pilipino, 76-74.
John Lopez's game-tying undergoal stab with 3.1 seconds remaining went to waste as he was called for a technical foul, which led to Lester Alvarez knocking down the freebie and put the Rhum Masters back in the driver's seat, 75-74.
Dave Moralde was forced to commit a foul on Jaymo Eguilos, who split his free throws in the last 2.5 ticks to help Tanduay escape with the win.
"I hope we can play better but I’ll take the two-point win anytime. Maybe, we also need these kinds of games," said coach Lawrence Chongson.
Alvarez topscored with 15 points and two assists, while Eguilos added 10 markers and seven boards for Tanduay, which improved to a 2-1 slate.
Louie Vigil and Emil Palma also combined for 18 points.
Achie Iñigo led Marinerong Pilipino (1-2) with 14 points, seven rebounds, and five assists, while Julian Sargent had 10 markers, four boards, and two dimes.
ZARK’S BURGER 109 - Mangahas 26, Celiz 25, Bautista 18, De Leon 11, Cayabyab 10, Sheriff 7, Nalos 6, Cudal 3, Ferrer 3, Cariaga 0, Argamino 0, Juruena 0.
AMA ONLINE EDUCATION 91 - Villanueva 29, Bonleon 20, Pontejos 15, Paras 7, Macaranas 5, Subido 2, Jordan 2, Alas 1, Calma 0, Celso 0, Malones 0.
Quarter scores: 23-24, 55-45, 73-66, 109-91.
TANDUAY 76 - Alvarez 15, Eguilos 10, Palma 9, Vigil 9, Terso 8, Santos 6, Tambeling 6, Varilla 6, Taganas 4, Sollano 2, Gaco 1.
MARINERONG PILIPINO 74 - Iñigo 14, Sargent 10, Marata 9, Lopez 8, Isip 7, Javillonar 7, Moralfde 7, Alabanza 5, Javelona 5, Gumaru 2, Nicholls 0, Publico 0.
Quarter scores: 23-17, 41-39, 55-59, 76-74.
(For more sports coverage, visit the ABS-CBN Sports website.)