March 21, 2018, 10:47 pm
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Scorpions rip Titans; Falcons win

AFTER sizing up AMA Online Education in the first quarter, Centro Escolar University broke the game wide open in the second period and won pulling away yesterday 118-83 for its third straight win and solidified its hold of the lead in the PBA D-League Aspirant’s Cup at the Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig.

Six-foot-6 Congolese import Rod Ebondo barely missed a double-double with 27 points and nine boards while Art Aquino scored 15 points, 11 of them coming in the second canto where CEU outscored AMA 42-17 to go with four caroms.

Judel Fuentes and Mishaal Veron combined for 24 points as the Scorpions hiked their record to 6-1 while the Titans dropped to 1-6 in a tie with Jose Rizal University.

Joseph Manlangit and Jayson Opiso added 11 and 10 points, respectively.

CEU’s 35-point win was a big follow-up to its 77-75 decision over the Heavy Bombers last March 5.

Scorpions coach Efren Garcia said their running game that spelled the big difference.

“Masaya ako sa nilaro ng mga bata. Noong umpisa medyo nagbabasa pa kami on our adjustment especially kay (Mark) Andaya,” said Garcia.

“When we focused on our running game ay talagang maganda iyong naging resulta,” he added.

In the other game, Jerie Pingoy provided the big shots as Akari-Adamson scored an 89-79 win over Batangas-Emilio Aguinaldo College.

The Falcons improved to 6-2 and gained solo second while handing Batangas its seventh defeat in eight games.

The 5-foot-9 Pingoy banged in 11 of his game-high 23 points in the fourth quarter, including three straight three-pointers that sparked Akari-Adamson’s fiery 13-1 windup after trailing 76-78 in the final 3:33.

Pingoy added four rebounds and eight assists while Jerrick Ahanmisi chipped in 16 markers for the Falcons.

Jerom Lastimosa and 6-foot-7 Cameroonian import Papi Sarr also had 11 and 10 points, respectively.

After taking 61-47 lead at the half, the Mendiola-based Scorpions continued to pound AMA Online Education and padded their lead to 97-58 going into the payoff period.

A Manlangit trey gave CEU its biggest lead at 100-58 at the 8:49 mark of the fourth.
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