CEU pips AMA to barge to fifth spot


By Ivan Saldajeno

MANILA--CEU survived a late push from AMA to post a 100-85 win in the nightcap of the PBA D-League Foundation Cup doubleheader at the Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig on Thursday.

The Scorpions banked on a 30-point second quarter as they tried to pull away from the Titans early on, even building a lead as high as 20, 69-49, in the third quarter.

AMA, however, had a late charge as Embons Bonleon and Renzo Subido helped the team draw to within eight, 85-93, with 2:41 remaining in the fourth quarter.

That turned out to be the Titans' last stand as the Scorpions scored the game's last seven points to seal the win.

Rod Ebondo finished with 27 points, 22 rebounds, three blocks, two assists, and two steals, while JK Casiño added 22 points for CEU, which overtook Wang's, 69-94 loser over Cignal earlier Thursday, in fifth place at 3-2.

Mark Cruz went 7-for-7 from the field and finished with 14 markers and six boards

Bonleon finished with 30 markers, while Subido added 23 for AMA, which slipped to 0-5.

Box Scores:

CEU 100-Ebondo 27, Casiño 22, Uri 14, Cruz 14, Arim 8, Manlangit 7, Jeruta 6, Wamar 2, Aquino 0, Saber 0

AMA 85-Bonleon 30, Subido 23, Salonga 10, Villanueva 7, Alas 5, Alupani 3, Flores 3, Paras 2, Celso 2, Macaranas 0, Jordan 0, Malones 0

Quarterscores: 21-19, 51-37, 74-63, 100-85

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