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Franky Johnson takes over in second overtime as AMA outlasts Batangas-EAC

by Niel Victor Masoy, April 15, 2019 4:11pm

Franky Johnson took over for AMA in the second overtime as the Titans stopped their three-game skid and outlasted the Batangas-EAC Generals, 122-119, on Monday in the 2019 PBA D-League at the JCSGO Gym in Cubao, Quezon City.

Johnson dropped 37 points, including AMA's last nine points of the game to fend off the equally desperate Generals and give the Titans their second win of the season.

With the game tied at 113-apiece at the 2:28 mark of the second overtime, Johnson started the game's last 9-6 run by burying a pair of free throws. The Fil-Am guard then drew a foul on Kyle Carlos and split his charities from the line for a 116-113 AMA lead.

Batangas-EAC, however, took the driver's seat as Philip Tampoc scored on an inside incursion and Earvin Mendoza converted on a breakaway layup to put the Generals ahead, 117-116, with 43 ticks left.

Johnson gave the lead back to the Titans as he scored on a driving layup before he drew a foul on Earvin Mendoza and drained his two free throws, 120-117, at the 9-second mark. Tampoc cleaned up Allan Martin's missed layup to pull Batangas-EAC within a point, 120-119, with 4 ticks left.

Marvin Taywan then immediately fouled Johnson who sealed the win for AMA by burying his charities. Cedrick De Joya tried to send the game into overtime but his near full court heave hit nothing but the glass.

That Johnson taking over late in the contest was exactly what the Titans head coach Mark Herrera wanted.

"I told him na mag take charge siya. Si (Joshua) Munzon medyo panget ang nillalaro so sabi so ko sa kanya, ikaw ang main man, take charge, get the ball, go hard," Herrera told reporters post-game. 

Johnson also added five rebounds, four assists, and four steals in the win. Munzon backstopped him perfectly with an impeccable stat line of 38 points, 16 rebounds, seven assists, and six steals. Ryan Arambulo was also instrumental for AMA as he pumped in a double-double of 18 points and 12 rebounds plus three steals for good measure.

Earvin Mendoza led the way for Batangas-EAC with 26 markers, five boards, and five dimes while De Joya also netted 26 points on top of four assists and three caroms. Tampoc chipped in 12 points and eight caroms in a losing effort.

The Generals won the first quarter, 23-17, but the Titans outscored the former in the second period by 25-15 to take a 42-38 lead at the half. 

Batangas-EAC regained the lead at the the end of the third, 73-72. It was De Joya who sent the game into the first overtime as he scored on a nifty layup, 93-93.

The first overtime was a tightly-contested one and Munzon had the chance to win it outright for AMA but his right corner trey hit nothig but the side of the glass. That ultimately set up the stage for Johnson to take over in the second overtime.

The Titans improved to a 2-4 win-loss card as the Generals dropped to a 1-5 record.

AMA will take on the Che'Lu Bar and Grill Revelers on April 29 while Batangas-EAC will battle the Family Mart-Endurun College Titans on April 22.

Both games will still be held at the JCSGO Gym here.

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