Easy Semis For Caida, Phoenix

2016 Aspirants Cup     SAN JUAN City – Caida Tiles and Phoenix Petroleum-FEU waltzed into the semifinals of the 2016 PBA D-League Aspirants Cup after hacking out impressive blowout wins Tuesday (March 15) at the San Juan Arena. Both teams will now face each other in a best-of-three series.

The Tile Masters pulverized the AMA Online Education Titans, 122-97, in another awesome display of firepower. The Accelerators then eliminated Banco de Oro-NU, 92-72.

After allowing AMA to take a 3-0 lead, Caida went on a 12-0 tear behind Jason Perkins and Dexter Maiquez en route to taking the first period, 32-20. AMA though proved to be a tough nut to crack as Rashawn McCarthy, Jam Jamito and Jayson Jordan rallied the Titans closer by halftime, 47-51.

“We again played complacent in the second that’s why I urged the players to share the ball more in the second half,” said Coach Carlos Garcia. The ploy worked as Caida ended up with 34 assists compared to AMA’s 17.

Jamil Gabawan and Jiovani Jalalon the combined in a crippling 14-0 run that basically settled the outcome midway through the third, 79-55. From there, it was smooth sailing for the Tile Masters for their fifth straight win dating back to the elimination round.

Perkins scored nine of his team high 17 points in the first period. Philip Paniamogan had four triples for 16 points while Gabawan, Jalalon and Rey Nambatac chipped in 10 each.

After a nip and tuck opening period that saw three deadlocks and 11 lead changes, Phoenix put up a shooting clinic in the second as they uncorked six triples to break the game wide open by halftime, 51-35. Achie Inigo and Francis Tamsi starred with two triples each and Mike Tolomia and Ed Daquioag added one as Phoenix outscored BDO, 30-13.

The Accelerators did a good job of maintaining their twin-digit lead in the second half behind timely baskets and scoring runs by Raymar Jose and Roger Pogoy, who both returned to active duty after sitting out the last two games with injuries. Alfred Aroga’s three-point play put the Bulldogs at their closest with 3:44 to play, 70-81, but this was quickly neutralized by another Tolomia triple.

“We have always told the team to play consistent basketball and also smart basketball,” said Coach Eric Gonzales. “We will face Caida next so the players have to realize that this not the UAAP and the players here are much better.”

Tolomia paced Phoenix with 19 points to go with five rebounds and six assists. Inigo had four of the team’s 11 triples for 15 points.

Alfred Aroga led BDO with 21 points, 15 rebounds, six assists and four blocks but it was not enough. J-Jay Alejandro followed with 14 markers.

Tanduay Rhum and QRS JAM Liner-UP will dispute the final semifinal slot this Thursday (March 17) at the Ynares Sports Arena starting at 3:00 PM. The winner will go on to play top seed CafeFrance-CEU in the best of three semifinals.

How They Scored:

First Game

CAIDA TILES (122) – Perkins 17, Paniamogan 16, Gabawan 10, Nambatac 10, Jalalon 10, Ruaya 9, Robles 9, Maiquez 8, Grey 7, Cabrera 7, Terso 7, Parala 5, Javier 4, Lozada 3.

AMA ONLINE (97) – McCarthy 20, Jamito 16, King 16, Jordan 14, de Leon 12, Angeles 6, Asuncion 4, Gutierrez 3, Magpantay 2, Tampus 2, Tobias 2, Carpio 0.

Period Scores: 32-20, 51-47, 93-70, 122-97.

Second Game

PHOENIX PETROLEUM-FEU (92) – Tolomia 21, Inigo 15, Pogoy 12, Jose 11, Ru. Escoto 10, Daquioag 10, Belo 8, Tamsi 6, Ri. Escoto 1, Andrada 0, Pascual 0.

BANCO DE ORO-NU (72) – Aroga 21, Alejandro 14, Salim 9, Salem 8, Yu 7, Javelona 4, Rono 3, Diputado 2, Labing-isa 2, Perez 2, Tansingco 0.

Period Scores: 21-22, 51-35, 72-56, 92-72.

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About Anthony E. Servinio

A long-time television sportscaster, magazine writer, photographer and college professor from the Philippines finally gives blogging a try after more than a decade of on-line presence. Read on folks!
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