August 01, 2022

La Salle eyes all-important win against winless AMA to cement place in semis

ECOOIL-La Salle looks to finish its elimination run in the 2022 PBA D-League Aspirants' Cup in a flurry as it takes on winless AMA Online Tuesday at Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig.

At 4-2, the Green Archers have the inside track for the no. 2 spot and a win could cement that outright semifinal berth in the 3 p.m. game.

Kevin Quiambao has been stupendous in his last two games for EcoOil-La Salle, including the game-winning basket in its 72-69 win over Adalem Construction-St. Clare last week.

The Gilas Pilipinas center is expected to pair up for the first time in the developmental league with Michael Phillips, who himself has been on a tear before sitting out the last two contests.

Odds may be on the Green Archers' favor but coach Derick Pumaren understands how dangerous a team like the also-ran Kings can be.

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"We cannot take them for granted. If we want to make it to the top two, we just have to keep working and keep learning and try to be more consistent," he said. (RL)

AMA, on the other hand, is just determined to avoid going winless anew after losing its first six games this conference. (RL)