QUEZON CITY – Phoenix Petroleum showed no signs of championship hangover in their opening game win against Tanduay Rhum, 98-79, in continuing action from the 2016 PBA D-League Foundation Cup at the Jesus Christ Saves Global Outreach (JCSGO) Gym. In their maiden appearance, the Accelerators took home the 2016 Aspirants Cup last April 14 and are now on the hunt for back-to-back crowns.
The Accelerators were ahead by only a point, 23-22, when they went on a dizzying 14-0 blitz anchored on the 14 points of Ed Daquioag that broke the game wide open, 47-22. Daquioag alone had more points in the period than the entire Tanduay squad which could only cough up 10.
The Rhum Masters never recovered from thereon as the Accelerators led by as high as 27 points late in the third period, 73-46. Daquioag did not need to score anymore in the final period with the outcome long settled and finished with a game-high 22 points in 25 minutes of action.
Phoenix also drew good numbers from Mike Tolomia with 15 points, five rebounds and four assists. Next was Roger Pogoy with 12 points, all coming from the three-point line.
Jovet Mendoza was the lone Tanduay player in double digits with 11. The quartet of Ken Acibar, Gelo Alolino, Adrian Santos and Rudy Lingganay all finished with nine points each as the Rhum Masters levelled their win-loss record at 1-1.
How They Scored:
PHOENIX PETROLEUM (98) – Daquioag 22, Tolomia 15, Pogoy 12, Inigo 8, Jamito 8, Andrada 7, Escoto 6, Mendoza 5, Belo 4, Pascual 4, Tamsi 3, Batino 2, Knuttel 2.
TANDUAY RHUM (79) – Mendoza 11, Alolino 9, Santos 9, Acibar 9, Lingganay 9, Vigil 8, Tagarda 6, Javillonar 5, Celda 5, Acuna 4, Gotladera 3, Belencion 1, Cenal 0.
Period Scores: 20-17, 47-27, 75-50, 98-79.