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JRU runs down AMA to end
long skid in PBA D-League


The JRU Heavy Bombers' long losing streak is over.

The Heavy Bombers finally got a win after a string of eight consecutive losses, beating the AMA Titans, 98-87, in a battle of also-ran squads in the PBA D-League Aspirants Cup at the Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig City yesterday.

JRU actually withstood a late AMA run as the latter cut what was once a 20-point lead by the former down to just seven, 81-74, with 7:19 to go.

However, Paolo Pontejos delivered the key plays for the Heavy Bombers, firing seven points from thereon to help them seal the win.

Pontejos finished with 17 points along with Jeckster Apinan and Ervin Grospe to backstop Kris Porter's 21-point output.

Robbie Manalang and Carlo Escalambre, who led the Titans' final charge, made 26 and 21 markers respectively.

Meanwhile, Alab Pilipinas closed out its campaign in the 2018 ABL regular season with a bang, dealing CLS a 101-63 beating at the Sta. Rosa Multi-Purpose Sports Complex on Sunday night.

Alab quickly opened a huge advantage and also quickly extinguished any run from the Knights as they enter the playoffs with a 14-6 record.

Following a close battle at the start, Alab went on a 9-0 run to open a 22-9 advantage late in the first quarter.

CLS had a 7-2 run of its own to cut the lead down to eight, 24-16, later in the first.

Alab then went on a 14-2 run spanning through the second period to go up by 16, 34-18.

The Knights still put up a fight midway through the second as they cut the lead down to nine, 39-30, with 4:38 left in the period.

However, Alab closed out the first half with 17 unanswered points for a 56-30 halftime edge and never looked back, even stretching the lead to as high as 38.

Pamboy Raymundo came off the bench to go for 20 points on a perfect 3-for-3 from long range with three rebounds and two assists for Alab, which can still enter the semifinals outright depending on the result of the Eastern-Nanhai game in the final game of the eliminations tomorrow night.

Ray-Ray Parks went 9-for-12 from the field for 19 points before taking the rest for good late in the third quarter.

Pao Javelona made a double-double of 18 points on four triples and 10 rebounds with four assists, two steals, and one block.

Shane Edwards made 21 markers, seven boards, one block, and one steal for CLS, which ended its own campaign at 6-14.*PNA


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