2 p.m. --Tanduay vs AMA
4 p.m.-- Cafe France vs Phoenix
JAMES Martinez shot a league record 58 points as AMA Online Education overpowered a hapless Topstar ZC Mindanao side, 125-76, in the PBA D-League Foundation Cup at JCSGO Gym.
The former UE standout went 10-of-25 from beyond the arc end route in shattering Mac Belo's 41-point outing in the 2016 Aspirants' Cup against Caida.
“Hinabol lang namin yung record ng D-League with James,” said coach Mark Herrera after his Titans claimed their fourth win in 10 contesrs..
Martinez poured 13 in the second period to erect a 49-40 halftime lead for AMA, following it up with 13 points in the third before catching fire with 31 markers in the payoff period.
“Magaling talaga at maaasahan si James (Martinez), “ said Herrera, al so the sports director of AMA.
Herrera recalled a similar high-scoring night for Martinez while playing for AMA.
Martinez is also best rememberes for establishing a new scoring record of 75 points -- including 23 three-point shots -- in AMA University-Wang’s Ballclub’s 121-96 win over Gryphon in the 2015 MBL Open at the Rizal Coliseum last June 7, 2015.
For the Titans, every win right now is enough of a silver lining even if they missed a Final Four berth.
“Yung panalo din kasi ang hinahanap namin. Kung makadagdag sa record namin, bakit hindi namin pagsikapan,” said Herrera, who is being assisted by Benjie Diswe, Edwin Ancheta, Eugene Bautista and Robert James Andaya.
Veteran Jay-R Taganas also chipped 13 points, 27 rebounds, and seven assists, while John Montemayor recorded a double-double with 10 points and 11 boards for AMA.
Gino Jumao-as led the Aguilas with 19 points, while JR Cawaling got 16 points.
Topstar absorbed its 11th consecutive loss.
AMA (125) --Martinez 58, Taganas 13, Jo. Montemayor 10, Jordan 9, Macaranas 9, Asuncion 8, McCarthy 7, Bragais 4, Calma 4, Ortega 3, Arambulo 0, Belleza 0, Carpio 0.
Topstar (76)--Jumao-as 19, Cawaling 16, Garcia 12, Ongteco 7, Argamino 6, Tano 6, Julkipli 5, Rivera 3, Dadjilul 2.
Quarterscores: 19-19, 49-40, 81-64, 125-76