D-League: Phoenix d. Topstar, 108-78

2016 Foundation Cup     QUEZON CITY – Phoenix Petroleum marched to its second straight win by punishing Topstar ZC Mindanao, 108-78, at the resumption of the 2016 PBA D-League Foundation Cup at the Jesus Christ Saves Global Outreach Gym (JCSGO) Thursday (June 9). The Aguilas remained winless at 0-2.

The Accelerators allowed the Aguilas to score the game’s first 11 points but settled down to eventually tie the score at 28-28 before finally taking the lead for good on a free throw split by Ed Daquioag, 32-31. Mac Belo came off the bench to perk up Phoenix with 18 points and combine with Mike Tolomia and Daquioag to easily give them the first half, 51-41.

“We never lacked in reminding the players to remain consistent,” said Coach Eric Gonzales, who handed over the reins for the whole game to assistant coach Richie Ticzon due to a severe headache. “They have to always respect their opponent; we are all the same basketball players.”

Phoenix was hardly threatened since taking over in the second period. They even outscored the Aguilas in the final period, 33-13, with Daquioag, Jens Knuttel, Roger Pogoy and Achie Inigo leading the charge.

Belo knocked in seven points more in the third and that was enough to pace the Accelerators with 25 points and three steals. Tolomia followed with 22 points, 11 coming in the third period, on top of five rebounds and four assist.

Choi Ignacio was the high man for the Aguilas with 14 points. JR Ongteco was next with 12 points and seven rebounds.

How They Scored:

PHOENIX PETROLEUM (108) – Belo 25, Tolomia 22, Daqioag 16, Pogoy 10, Knuttel 10, Inigo 7, Escoto 5, Jamito 5, Pascual 4, Mendoza 2, Batino 2, Andrada 0, Tamsi 0.

TOPSTAR ZC MINDANAO (78) – Ignacio 14, Ongteco 12, Cabrera 10, Jumao-as 9, Rivera 7, Tano 7, Cawaling 6, Garcia 5, Julkipli 3, Rono 3, Sarangay 2, Argamino 0.

Period Scores: 22-27, 51-41, 75-65,108-78.

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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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