APEX-San Sebastian whips AMA to open D-League campaign

RK Ilagan led the charge for the Golden Stags. PBA Media Group
By Dugout Philippines

PASIG--APEX Fuel Mindanao-SSCR hardly broke a sweat as it eviscerated AMA Online Senior High by 46 points, 113-67, in the 2020 PBA D-League Aspirants' Cup Thursday at Ynares Sports Arena.

RK Ilagan guided the young Golden Stags in the victory as he started things off and scored 18 of his 22 points in the first half.

He also shot 3-of-8 from deep, as well as collecting eight assists, five rebounds, two steals, and one block as he guided APEX Fuel Mindanao-SSCR to the victory in its conference opener.

"Sa totoo lang, mga bata yung players ko so we're still building our character. The key is how RK plays, doon susunod yung mga bata," said coach Egay Macaraya.

Ilagan was responsible in the Golden Stags' early assault, using a 22-4 blast to turn the game from an 8-4 deficit to a 26-12 lead.

The Tondo-born guard commandeered his wards as they used the extended garbage time to expose their new recruits and finished with a 49-percent field goal shooting.

Ichie Altamirano helped Ilagan in the win as he poured all of his 16 points in the second half, as well as grabbing six boards, four assists, and four steals.

Alex Desoyo shared 11 points, five rebounds, and three assists, while rookie Ralph Gabat chimed in 10 points and four assists.

Luke Parcero starred for AMA Online Senior High with his 24 points, three rebounds, three assists, and two steals.

Reed Baclig, the Kings' top pick in the recent PBA D-League Draft, wound up with three points, three rebounds, and two steals, but set the floor with his nine assists in the defeat.

The Scores:

APEX FUEL MINDANAO-SSCR 113 -- Ilagan 22, Altamirano 16, Desoyo 11, Ra. Gabat 10, Re. Gabat 9, Calahat 8, Loristo 8, Calma 8, Zabala 8, Villapando 5, Felebrico 4, Cosari 2, Shanoda 2, Sumoda 0, Go 0.

AMA ONLINE SENIOR HIGH 67 -- Parcero 24, Mendoza 11, Simmonds 9, Yambao 6, Alina 3, Baclig 3, Diswe 3, Albances 2, Ceniza 2, Camay 2, Kapunan 2, Villamor 0, Germino 0, Jocson 0.

Quarters: 31-20, 60-31, 83-51, 113-67.

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