SAN JUAN City – Caida Tiles assumed the solo leadership of the 2016 PBA D-League Aspirants Cup by foiling Wang’s Basketball for their third win in as many starts, 110-106, in continuing action Tuesday (February 2) at the San Juan Arena. Earlier, Phoenix Petroleum also kept its clean slate by thumping AMA Online Education, 114-102.
Despite being saddled with foul trouble, Jason Perkins saved the day for the Tile Masters by sinking a top of the key triple entering the final two minutes that shattered the game’s final deadlock, 100-97. After a defensive stop, Perkins was fouled and promptly made two free throws for more breathing room, 102-97.
Jiovani Jalalon, Roider Cabrera and Rey Nambatac then put in the insurance points via free throws as Wang’s offense suddenly went cold. It was a tough uphill climb for Wang’s from as much as 13 points down early in the third period, 47-60.
“When Wang’s tied the game, I just told the players to play their game and keep running,” shared Coach Carlos Garcia. “The thing about close games like this is we learn a lot and it helps in building our team’s maturity.”
Jalalon was all over the court with 22 points, four rebounds and nine assists. Perkins finished with 19 points and 14 rebounds.
The trio of Francis Munsayac, James Mangahas and John Allen Montemayor paced Wang’s with 18 points each, most coming during their second half rallies. Mangahas also grabbed 11 rebounds for a double-double.
While Wang’s comeback bid fell short, Phoenix Petroleum was successful in battling back from a 22-point deficit in the third canto, 49-71. Coach Eric Gonzales gently reminded his players that they were not respecting the game and their opponents and those words fired up the Accelerators.
From lethargic performances in the first half, Phoenix stalwarts Mike Tolomia, Mac Belo and Roger Pogoy went to work with Tolomia’s four-point play off Julian Sargent giving Phoenix the lead for the first time since the first period, 94-92. Although AMA managed to grab back the lead, Belo restored the upper hand to the Accelerators for good with 3:51 remaining, 100-98.
Suddenly demoralized from the Phoenix surge, the Titans simply folded up, a far cry from their splendid play through the first three periods. Phoenix is now in a three-way tie for Second Place with CafeFrance-CEU and QRS JAM Liner-UP at 2-0.
Tolomia tallied a triple double of 28 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists. Pogoy was next with 21 points.
Jerramy King topped the Titans with 27 points, seven rebounds and nine assists. Jam Jamito followed with 25 points and six rebounds but the prolific pair disappeared in the final period with King chipping in only three free throws.
Undefeated squads CafeFrance-CEU and QRS JAM Liner-UP will banner the doubleheader on Thursday (February 4) at the Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig City starting at 4:00 PM. The first game at 2:00 PM will have Tanduay Rhum and ZC Mindanao Aguilas hoping to get their elusive first win.
How They Scored:
PHOENIX PETROLEUM (114) – Tolomia 28, Pogoy 21, Belo 18, Jose 16, Tamsi 10, Daquioag 7, Mendoza 4, Ru. Escoto 4, Ri. Escoto 4, Elmejrab 2, Lee Yu 0, Inigo 0.
AMA ONLINE (102) – King 29, Jamito 25, Sargent 16, Romero 14, Dagangon 8, de la Cruz 4, Balucanag 4, Calma 2, Macaranas 0, Hernandez 0, Arambulo 0.
Period Scores: 17-26, 42-53, 76-87, 114-102.
CAIDA TILES (110) – Jalalon 22, Perkins 19, Grey 17, Javier 10, Robles 10, Nambatac 9, Maiquez 8, Gabawan 4, Terso 4, Lozada 3, Cabrera 2, Pascual 2, Pasculado 0, Corpuz 0.
WANG’S BASKETBALL (106) – Munsayac 18, Jo. Montemayor 18, Mangahas 18, Publico 15, Capacio 12, Bautista 9, Ilad 5, Vijandre 4, Namocatcat 3, Tumalip 3, Banal 1, Je. Montemayor 0, Cueto 0.
Period Scores: 28-24, 52-47, 77-71, 110-106.