PBA D-League: AMA outlasts Batangas-EAC in 2OT thriller


Posted at Apr 15 2019 05:56 PM

Franky Johnson took over in crunch time for AMA. PBA Media Bureau

MANILA, Philippines -- AMA Online Education proved to be more poised in the endgame as it downed Batangas-EAC, 122-119, in double overtime Monday in the 2019 PBA D-League at JCSGO Gym in Cubao.

Franky Johnson scored the final nine points for the Titans as they dispatched the gritty Generals to finally end their three-game losing slide.

The Fil-Am swingman collected 37 points, five rebounds, four assists, and four steals to star for AMA. Joshua Munzon, for his part, had 38 points, 16 boards, seven dimes, and six steals in the win.

Munzon almost won the game for the Titans twice, but muffed on his chances as he lost the ball late in regulation before missing on another shot in the first overtime.

But Johnson took the cudgels late as he broke the 113-all deadlock with 1:43 to play to secure the victory.

"Siguro 'yung composure na lang ng players. Sabi ko sa kanila, nandito na rin lang tayo so dapat manalo na tayo. Dapat may puso tayo na ipaglaban 'yung team natin," said coach Mark Herrera.

Ryan Arambulo nabbed a double-double with his 18 points, 12 rebounds, and three steals as Embons Bonleon got 11 points and eight boards off the bench for AMA.

The Titans improved to 2-3 in the Aspirants Group while sending the valiant Batangas-EAC to its fourth straight loss to fall to 1-5.
Earvin Mendoza and Cedric de Joya powered the Generals with 26 points each.

The Scores:

AMA 122 -- Munzon 38, Johnson 37, Arambulo 18, Bonleon 11, Rike 5, Parcero 5, Garcia 4, Raflores 4, Paras 0, Catequista 0, Asuncion 0, Alao 0, Estibar 0, Gonzaga 0.

BATANGAS-EAC 119 -- Mendoza 26, De Joya 26, De Guzman 12, Tampoc 12, Corilla 11, Taywan 9, Neri 6, Robin 6, Martin 5, Gonzales 4, Carlos 2, Dela Pena 0, Boffa 0, Oriondo 0, Fuentes 0.

Quarters: 17-23, 42-38, 72-73, 93-93, 106-106, 122-119.

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