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September 05, 2019

Aaron Black tallies triple-double as AMA secures playoff berth

AARON Black churned out another triple-double performance, leading AMA's 133-90 decimation of Hazchem to complete Group A's playoff picture in the 2019 PBA D-League Foundation Cup on Thursday at the Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig.

The son of PBA great and current Meralco coach Norman Black finished with 45 points, 18 assists, and 12 rebounds tying Jeron Teng for the most number of triple-double performances in the developmental ranks with three.

That also marked the sixth-highest scoring game in PBA D-League history.

Black also played a big factor behind the Titans' 21-2 start in the game, setting the tone for the one-sided affair.

AMA would then lead by as many as 47 points, 130-83, after a Franz Asuncion bucket that came off a Black assist with 34 seconds left to play before cruising to the 43-point victory.

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"Si Aaron siguro hindi nabigyan ng chance noon pero kilala ko yang batang yan noon pa. Sinabi ko sa kanya na siya inaasahan ng team pero tinutulungan pa rin siya ng teammates niya, so team effort pa rin," said coach Mark Herrera.

Dennis Santos had 20 points and 10 rebounds, Luke Parcero had 18 points, while Alvin Fuentes and Michael De Leon added 11 markers apiece in the victory that enabled the Titans to lock up the fourth seed in the group with their 3-3 card.

"Pinaghandaan namin to kasi pag natalo kami may chance pa pumasok yung kalaban. Nagbigay din ng motivation yung may-ari ng AMA si Ambassador (Dr. Amable Aguiluz V), birthday niya so gift namin 'to sa kanya," Herrera said.

Raymark Matias had 28 points and five rebounds to lead Hazchem, which ended its campaign with a 1-5 card.

Alexander Mohammad made 13 points as Marvin Moraga added 10 points and 10 boards in the Green Warriors defeat.

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The Scores:

AMA 133 -- Black 45, Santos 20, Parcero 18, Fuentes 11, De Leon 11, Paras 7, Asuncion 5, Rodriguez 5, Alina 3, Austria 3, Tolentino 2, Catorce 2, Saor 1, Estibar 0, Limpin 0.

HAZCHEM 90 -- Matias 28, Mohammad 13, Moraga 10, Trinidad 8, Torrado 7, Elmejrab 5, Arellano 5, Adviento 4, Glorioso 3, Serrano 2, Acain 2, Caparida 2, Ynion 1, Daguplo 0, Mendez 0.

Quarters: 31-9, 54-30, 86-50, 133-90.