By Dugout Philippines
PASIG--Bong Quinto fired 28 points and Tanduay went on a field day to pull off the 99-93 victory over AMA Online Education Thursday in the 2017 PBA D-League Aspirants' Cup at Ynares Sports Arena.
The Letran scorer fired 12 of his 28 points in the payoff period to help the Rhum Masters escape with the win after losing hold of a 15-point edge, 61-46 in the third period.
Quinto also hauled down five rebounds, four assists, and three steals for Tanduay, which improved its record to 2-1.
Paul Sanga also shot 5-of-9 from beyond the arc to end up with 22 markers, while Raphy Reyes scored 16 points as the Rhum Masters shot 62-percent from the field.
Still, coach Lawrence Chongson believes that his players can show more in their coming games.
"I'm not satisfied because I believe we could give more. But hopefully, naging magandang experience ito for us. Maganda na ma-challenge na kami for tougher battles ahead," he said.
Jeron Teng pulled AMA within four, 92-88 with 1:05left, but Quinto took charge in the final minute, canning the crucial freebies and setting up the dagger layup from Adrian Santos with 17.2 seconds remaining.
Teng topped the Titans with 26 points, five rebounds, and five assists, while PJ Barua had 25 markers, three dimes and two boards, as they absorbed their second straight defeat.
Tanduay 99-Quinto 28, Sanga 22, Reyes 16, Santos 9, Eguilos 6, Moralde 6, Palma 6, Raymundo 6, Cenal 0, Cruz 0, Sollano 0, Varilla 0
AMA 93-Teng 26, Barua 25, Tiongson 17, Arambulo 11, Olayon 6, Taganas 4, Alabanza 2, Bragais 2, Jordan 0, Macaranas 0, Riley 0
Quarterscores: 26-23, 47-41, 67-61, 99-93
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