APEX Fuel Mindanao-SSCR hardly broke a sweat in its 46-point win over AMA Online Senior High, 113-67, in the 2020 PBA D-League Aspirants' Cup Thursday at Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig.
RK Ilagan guided the young Golden Stags in the victory as he gets things started for Apex Fuel. He scored 18 of his 22 points in the first half.
He also shot 3-of-8 from deep, as well as collecting eight assists, five rebounds, two steals, and one block in an impressive start in the tournament.
"Sa totoo lang, mga bata yung players ko so we're still building our character. The key is how RK plays, doon susunod yung mga bata," said coach Egay Macaraya.
Ilagan was responsible in the Golden Stags' early assault, using a 22-4 blast that turned an 8-4 deficit to a 26-12 advantage.
The Golden Stags shot 49-percent from the field.
Ichie Altamirano also made his presence felt as he poured all of his 16 points in the second half while grabbing six boards, four assists, and four steals for Apex Fuel.
Alex Desoyo scored 11 points, five rebounds, and three assists, while rookie Ralph Gabat chimed in 10 points and four assists.
Luke Parcero starred for AMA Online Senior High with his 24 points, three rebounds, three assists, and two steals.
Reed Baclig, the Kings' top pick in the recent PBA D-League Draft, wound up with three points, three rebounds, and two steals, but set the floor with his nine assists in the defeat.
APEX FUEL MINDANAO-SSCR 113 -- Ilagan 22, Altamirano 16, Desoyo 11, Ra. Gabat 10, Re. Gabat 9, Calahat 8, Loristo 8, Calma 8, Zabala 8, Villapando 5, Felebrico 4, Cosari 2, Shanoda 2, Sumoda 0, Go 0.
AMA ONLINE SENIOR HIGH 67 -- Parcero 24, Mendoza 11, Simmonds 9, Yambao 6, Alina 3, Baclig 3, Diswe 3, Albances 2, Ceniza 2, Camay 2, Kapunan 2, Villamor 0, Germino 0, Jocson 0.
Quarters: 31-20, 60-31, 83-51, 113-67.