SAN JUAN City – Phoenix Petroleum-FEU ended Tanduay Rhum’s five-game winning streak, 85-80, at the resumption of the 2016 PBA D-League Aspirants Cup Monday (February 29) at the San Juan Arena. CafeFrance also enhanced its chances of tabbing the top spot by torturing AMA Online Education in the opener, 97-78.
The Accelerators leaned on the hot shooting of Roger Pogoy in the final canto, capped by a triple that gave them an unassailable 83-77 lead with 57 seconds left on the clock. Overall, Pogoy knocked in 12 of his team best 21 markers in the fourth, followed by Mac Belo and Mike Tolomia with 14 apiece.
Belo and Tolomia also played key roles in the Accelerators’ fight back from as much as 11 points down in the second period, 33-44. The Rhum Masters were well in control of the first half until Belo, Tolomia and Raymar Jose conspired to give Phoenix their very first taste of the lead late in the third, 57-56.
Reden Celda was the top performer for the Rhum Masters with 13 points. Val Acuna and Rudy Lingganay were next with 11 points each.
Tanduay closed out its schedule at 5-3 and is now hoping the AMA Titans beat QRS JAM Liner-UP in their final assignment on March 3 in order to secure the twice to beat advantage in the playoffs. Should AMA lose, the advantage will go to the Maroons.
The Titans are coming off a harrowing loss to the league-leading Bakers. CafeFrance led from the opening tip and Aaron Jeruta and Paul Zamar came off the bench to continue the starters’ good play for a 22-10 cushion after one period.
Absorbing their first loss of the tournament at the hands of Tanduay in their last outing, the Bakers continued to pour it on by outscoring the Titans in the third period, 34-21 and settled the outcome early. AMA fell to 2-5 but remain in a good position to enter the playoffs.
Jeruta led all scorers with 20 points on top of six rebounds and five assists. Zamar finished with four triples en route to 15 markers.
Jarelan Tampus paced the Titans with 19 points. Also scoring in double digits were RR de Leon woth 14 and Jerramy King with 11 as the rest failed to get their usual numbers.
More PBA D-League games will be held at the San Juan Arena on Tuesday (March 1). The ZC Mindanao Aguilas continue their playoff hunt against Caida Tiles at 2:00 PM followed by struggling squads Wang’s Basketball against Banco de Oro-NU at 4:00 PM.
How They Scored:
CAFEFRANCE-CEU (97) – Jeruta 20, Zamar 15, Cruz 14, Ebondo 12, de Leon 10, Manlangit 7, Casino 5, Abundo 5, Celso 4, Opiso 3, Arim 2, Villahermosa 0, Guinitaran 0, Anunciacion 0.
AMA ONLINE (78) – Tampus 19, de Leon 14, King 11, McCarthy 9, Jamito 9, Arambulo 5, Angeles 4, Carpio 3, Mendoza 2, Magpantay 2, Jordan 0, Alberto 0.
Period Scores: 22-10, 45-35, 79-56, 97-78.
PHOENIX PETROLEUM-FEU (85) – Pogoy 21, Belo 14, Tolomia 14, Jose 12, Tamsi 9, Ru. Escoto 8, Inigo 5, Ri. Escoto 2, Mendoza 0, Andrada 0.
TANDUAY RHUM (85) – Celda 13, Acuna 11, Lingganay 11, Javillonar 8, Llagas 8, Wetherell 7, Belencion 6, Pessumal 6, Tagarda 4, Santos 3, Gotladera 3, Eriobu 0.
Period Scores: 18-23, 37-46, 62-61, 85-80.