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Batangas bounces back after stinging defeat, vents ire on lowly AMA


By Ivan Saldajeno

MANILA--Batangas moved on from its first loss of the PBA D-League Foundation Cup and whipped AMA, 95-76, at the Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig on Thursday.

Batangas led from the start and never looked back, even stretching its lead to as high as 21, 55-34, in the third quarter.

Jhaps Bautista finished with 22 points and six rebounds, while Joseph Sedurifa added 16 points, eight rebounds, and two steals for Batangas.

For Coach Eric Gonzales, the win was a great way to learn from his players' mistakes during their loss to CEU last week.

“Sabi ko sa kanila, dream ko na makapasok sa quarters (quarterfinals). Kaya ang dami pa rin talaga naming kailangang i-correct,” said Gonzales, whose team moved up to second place at 3-1.

Ivan Villanueva tallied 14 markers, while Andre Paras added 10 points and 22 rebounds for AMA, which remained winless after four games.

First Game:

Batangas 95-Bautista 22, Sedurifa 16, Ablaza 11, Anderson 10, De Joya 8, Napoles 7, Ragasa 6, Mag-isa 5, Saitanan 4, Mendoza 3, Laude 3, Dela Peña 0

AMA 76-Villanueva 14, Subido 13, Alas 12, Paras 10, Bonleon 9, Flores 5, Salonga 4, Pontejos 4, Macaranas 3, Celso 2, Jordan 0, Bragais 0, Malones 0, Carpio 0

Quarterscores: 22-14, 44-26, 73-57, 95-76

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