PBA D-League Bonleon drills free throw to discover AMA’s first win


AMA finally taste their first win in the PBA D-League Foundation Cup 2017 after losing six games, thanks to Mario Bonleon who drained a game-winning free throw with just 8.3 seconds left to outlast Gamboa Coffee Mix, 67-66 on Tuesday at Ynares Sports Arena.

“To never give up” is the true sportsman’s credo, and Bonleon just proved that. Bonleon paced AMA with 16 points on a 6-of-17 clip on the field, 3 rebounds as the Titans grabbed their first win and closed their string of 5 back-to-back defeats in the tournament.

AMA Coach Mark Herrera, visibly relaxed said –

“This (win) is so sweet. We beat a team of ex-pros. Most of them were my players’ idols. But I told them we got a game to win and I thought they responded well,”

“I thought the players did well defensively. They hang in there until the final seconds.”

“This win will boost our confidence.”

Jaycee Asuncion notched 14 points, five boards, two steals and two assists and Andre Paras contributed another double-double with 11 points and 10 rebounds for the Titans.

Avenido lead Coffee Lovers with 15 points and 5 rebounds, which is now at 1-5 position in the championship. Montuano had 11 markers, Val Acuña added 11, while JR Cawiling hit 10 points in the loss.

In the second match, Centro Escolar University extended their winning streak to 4 by frustrating Marinerong Pilipino, 70-54. Orlan Wamar Jr finished the game with 16 points on a 5-of-6 sniping from threes, along with two rebounds off the bench.

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