Racal blasts AMA at start of Founation Cup stint

By Ivan Saldajeno

MANILA--Racal showed why it was a finalist in the PBA D-League Aspirants Cup after drubbing AMA, 118-100, at the start of their Foundation Cup campaign at the Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig on Thursday.

The Alibaba started the game red-hot, blowing the Titans out, 36-16, after the first quarter. The Alibaba sustained the blistering start and never looked back.

“Masaya kami. Very crucial yung first win lalo na para sa amin na nag-overhaul ng buong team. We’ll just make our adjustments along the way,” said Coach Jerry CodiƱera after the game.

Mac-Mac Tallo led Racal with 20 points, three rebounds, four assists, and one steal off the bench, while Janus Lozada added 17 points on 5-of-6 triples.

Jam Cortes was the top scorer among the Alibaba starters with 15 points on 6-of-7 shooting with five caroms, one assist, and one steal.

Embons Bonleon exploded for 31 points for AMA together with 12 rebounds, two assists, and two steals.

Box Scores:

Racal 118-Tallo 20, Lozada 17, Cortez 15, Salado 13, Ayonayon 12, Faundo 9, Capacio 9, Dela Cruz 7, Apreku 6, Mangahas 4, Grimaldo 2, Bulawan 2, Abrigo 2, Cabrera 0

AMA 100-Bonleon 31, Salonga 20, Subido 11, Teodoro 9, Pontejos 8, Villanueva 7, Jordan 4, Bragais 4, Celso 4, Grospe 2, Carpio 0, Calma 0

Quarterscores: 36-16, 66-43, 94-73, 118-100

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