Javi Gomez de Lia?o and Robbie Manalang paired up perfectly to help Marinerong Pilipino-TIP halt its two-game losing slide with an emphatic 105-80 decimation of AMA Online Education Tuesday in the 2018 PBA D-League Foundation Cup at Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig.
Marinerong Pilipino-TIP started out hot, jumping to a commanding 29-12 lead late in the first quarter and held that lead until the end.
Gomez de Lia?o uncorked a career-best 27 points and five rebounds, while Manalang chimed in 21 built on six triples to help the Skippers start the second round on a winning note.
Senegalese big man Papa Ndiaye also registered a double-double of 13 points and 16 rebounds as Marinerong Pilipino-TIP improved to a 3-3 record.
"I hope the players will respond to this. We want to take this game as a momentum-builder," said coach Koy Banal.
"It's not gonna be easy, but if they will just listen and follow our system, maybe we could turn things around. That's what we've been hoping for."
The Skippers even took a 29-point edge, 87-58, in the closing minutes of the third quarter courtesy of a Trevis Jackson jumper, before holding off the Titans in the endgame.
Owen Graham led AMA with 17 points and nine rebounds, while Ken Soriano had 16 points and five boards in the loss.
That kept the Titans at the cellar with their horrific 0-6 slate.
MARINERONG PILIPINO-TIP 103 -- Gomez de Lia?o 27, Manalang 21, Ndiaye 13, Jackson 11, Napoles 9, B. Santos 7, Soriano 6, Johnson 5, Medina 4, I. Santos 2, Matignas 0.
AMA ONLINE EDUCATION 80 -- Graham 17, Soriano 16, Matillano 14, Paras 12, Garcia 10, Serrano 5, Rivera 3, Jordan 2, Sabile 1, Alao 0, Barde 0, Calma 0, Escalambre 0, Nacpil 0.
Quarters: 32-19, 61-39, 87-62, 103-80.