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EcoOil-La Salle sets new PBA D-League record with 83-point rout vs. AMA

Ben Phillips slams it home. PBA Images
By Dugout Philippines

PASIG—Defending champion EcoOil-La Salle obliterated AMA Online, 126-43, in the 2023 PBA D-League Aspirants' Cup Thursday at the Ynares Sports Arena.

The Green Archers raced to a blistering 34-4 start and went on to post the most lopsided win in the league since Tanduay pulled away for a 141-65 win against Zark's Burgers in the 2017 Foundation Cup.

Significantly, the Archers fourth win in five games catapult them in a tie for first place with idle Marinerong Pilipino-San Beda and bolster their bid for an outright semifinal berth.

EcoOil-La Salle could accomplish the feat with a victory against Wangs Basketball @27 Strikers-Letran (2-2) at the close of the eliminations Thursday next week.

Ben Phillips and Raven Cortez tallied 19 points apiece to power the Archers to a league-record 83-point winning margin.

"Well, hindi naman namin iniisip 'yung record. It's good that we eclipsed it but we just focused on getting better. It's an opportunity for us to get better and we talked about it before the game na 'wag naming pipiliin 'yung kalaban namin," said La Salle deputy mentor Gian Nazario.

"Kahit ganito nangyari sa game namin sa AMA, we still think there are things we can be better at."

Earl Ceniza and Reed Baclig scored 10 each for the Titans, who wound up their campaign with a 0-6 record.

The Scores:

EcoOil-DLSU 126 - Cortez 19, B. Phillips 19, Nwankwo 15, Escandor 14, Nonoy 13. Buensalida 11, Gollena 8, Alao 6, Abadam 5, M. Phillips 5, David 4, Estacio 4, Nelle 3.

AMA Online 43 - Ceniza 10, Baclig 10, Dela Rosa 5, Golloso 4, Alina 3, Cantoma 3, Del Pilar 3, Bentulan 2, Panlilio 2, Fernandez 1, Yambao 0, Silvarez 0, Geronga 0, Macaranas 0.

Quarterscores: 42-10, 80-29, 109-41, 126-43.

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