Cignal-Ateneo wasted no time blasting AMA Online Education, 111-81, to bounce back in the 2019 PBA D-League on Thursday at Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig.
Ange Kouame unfurled 22 points, 15 rebounds, and four blocks to lead the Blue Eagles after his one-game absence, while Thirdy Ravena recorded 14 points, eight assists, and four rebounds in just three quarters of action.
BJ Andrade also added 21 points on a 6-of-13 three-point shooting, on top of five dimes and three rebounds, William Navarro had 14 points, nine boards, and five assists, and Mike Nieto tallied a double-double with his 10 points and 12 rebounds in the win.
Cignal-Ateneo started off hot, going on a 9-0 start which turned to a decisive 27-9 lead in the first period.
The floodgates just opened from there, as the Blue Eagles went on and extended the lead to as much as 33 in the second half thanks to their 16-of-43 clip from downtown.
It was a good bounce back win for Cignal-Ateneo, which suffered a 112-98 loss to UST last week.
"I just feel like we were a little bit disprestecful to ourselves, to our opponents, and to the game, but more to ourselves the last time out. We have to come out and do your best every game and today, we were much better," said coach Tab Baldwin.
The Blue Eagles rose to 3-1 in the Aspirants Group while sending the Titans to their third straight defeat to fall to 1-3.
Joshua Munzon topped AMA with 41 points, nine rebounds, and two assists, as Franky Johnson added 22 points and seven boards.
Meanwhile, Wangs Basketball caught a big fish in Marinerong Pilipino after scoring an 88-78 win.
Arvin Tolentino poured 32 points on a 3-of-7 shooting from distance, alongside 12 rebounds and four blocks to help the Couriers rise to 2-1 in the Foundation Group.
However, the troika of Gelo Vito, Darius Estrella, and Radge Tongco perfectly colluded for Wangs in halting Marinerong Pilipino's two-game win run with a stupendous defensive job in the fourth quarter.
Locking down on defense, the Couriers forced the Skippers to miss their first eight shots as they staged a 13-0 tear to swing the game from a 58-57 lead to a commanding 71-57 edge with 6:31 left on the clock.
Not even Felix Apreku and Jed Mendoza's heroics could stop Wangs as Tolentino punctuated the win with a tough and-one over Art Aquino to made it a 10-point affair anew, 80-70 with 2:32 left.
Vito wound up with 10 points, seven rebounds, and four assists off the bench, Estrella chipped in 10 points and five boards, and Tongco had 11 points and three assists in the win for the Couriers.
Orlan Wamar topped the Skippers with 25 points on a 5-of-9 shooting from distance as Apreku registered a double-double of 14 points, 16 rebounds, and two assists.
The defeat sent Marinero down to an even 2-2 record.
Chadao-FEU stopped the bleeding and got back to its winning ways with a 106-81 triumph over The Masterpiece Clothing-Trinity University.
L-Jay Gonzales was the motor for the Tamaraws in the win with his all-around performance of 14 points, five boards, four steals, and two assists.
Joseph Nunag topped his side with 16 points and five rebounds off the bench, while Hubert Cani also unfurled 16 points, three boards, and three assists.
Brandrey Bienes had a near-double-double of 12 points and nine rebounds for Chadao-FEU, while Wendell Comboy and Cameroonian slotman Patrick Tchuente combined for 22.