MANILA, Philippines – Jerrick Ahanmisi exploded for 26 points as Akari-Adamson University crushed AMA Online Education, 100-89, in the 2018 PBA D-League Aspirants' Cup on Monday afternoon at the Pasig Sports Center.
Ahanmisi converted seven of his nine attempts from beyond the arc, while also contributing four assists and three rebounds.
The Falcons improved to 5-2, good for solo second place in the league standings just behind Centro Escolar University (CEU), who have a 4-1 slate as of Monday morning.
Papi Sarr returned to action and had a double-double (15 points, 18 rebounds), while Jerome Lastimosa tallied 11 points, four rebounds, and three assists in the win.
While they would go on to win comfortably, the Falcons actually struggled to put away the pesky Titans. They led 50-37 late in the first half, before former Adamson guards Robbie Manalang and Carlo Escalambre sparked AMA's comeback.
The Titans came to within five points, 93-88, with still 2:25 left to play off a Jay-R Taganas bucket. Fortunately for Adamson, Ahanmisi knocked down a jumper of his own, then drilled the dagger triple with 9.6 seconds to go.
Adamson's performance led coach Franz Pumaren to say that they still have a long way to go before they can even come close to UAAP form.
"We're still groping for form," said Pumaren. "We're trying to implement new rules, and the boys are still adjusting."
Manalang had 21 points and five rebounds, while Escalambre had 14 points and nine rebounds in their first game against their former collegiate team.
Mac Andaya also had 15 points, seven rebounds, and seven blocks for the Titans.
AMA now has a 1-5 win-loss record in the conference.
AKARI-ADAMSON 100 — Ahanmisi 26, Sarr 15, Lastimosa 11, Camacho 9, Manganti 9, Catapusan 8, Espeleta 8, Pingoy 6, Lojera 4, Mojica 4, Zaldivar 0.
AMA ONLINE EDUCATION 89 — Manalang 21, Andaya 15, Escalambre 14, Taganas 14, Martinez 13, Garcia 6, Lao 4, Antonares 2, Paras 0, Salonga 0, Tolentino 0.
Quarters: 22-19, 52-41, 79-68, 100-89.
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