QUEZON CITY – A shorthanded Phoenix Petroleum assumed the solo leadership of the 2016 PBA D-League Foundation Cup by ripping apart AMA Online Education, 97-89, at the Jesus Christ Saves Global Outreach Gym Monday afternoon (June 13). The Accelerators hardly missed the services of national players Mac Belo and Roger Pogoy in getting their third win in as many starts.
Belo was in uniform but Coach Eric Gonzales opted not to gamble on the forward’s hamstring injury. Pogoy was in civilian clothes complaining of a slight illness.
Sans the prolific duo, fellow national player Mike Tolomia took over and unloaded 14 quick points to push Phoenix ahead after the first period, 29-16. Tolomia was not yet finished, combining with Ed Daquioag and Al Francis Tamsi to stretch their advantage by halftime, 58-39.
The Accelerators led by as much as 23 points in the third period, 70-47. However, the team’s tendency to relax almost cost them as Jaycee Asuncion presided over a torrid AMA fight back in the fourth period to whittle the deficit to only six markers with 53 seconds remaining, 89-95.
Daquioag and Alfred Batino held off the threat via the free throw line as the Titans bungled their possessions. AMA fell to its third straight defeat.
“We will try to win as many games as we can for us to reach our goal of making the top two,” said Coach Gonzales. “Again, we must fix our tendency to relax when we have a big lead.”
Tolomia went on to score 13 more over the last three periods to finish with 27 points. Daquioag followed with 18 points on top of six rebounds and six assists.
Ryan Arambulo paced the Titans with 18 points, supported by Asuncion and Rey Publico with 17 apiece. Jay-R Taganas marked his comeback into the AMA roster with 14 points and 21 rebounds in 39 minutes of play.
How They Scored:
PHOENIX PETROLEUM (97) – Tolomia 27, Daqioag 18, Tamsi 16, Jamito 11, Mendoza 7, Pascual 6, Inigo 5, Batino 3, Escoto 2, Andrada 2, Knuttel 0.
AMA ONLINE EDUCATION (89) – Arambulo 18, Asuncion 17, Publico 17, Taganas 14, Belleza 10, Jo Montemayor 9, Bragais 2, Magpantay 2, Je Montemayor 0, Ragasa 0, Calma 0, Dizon 0, Jordan 0.
Period Scores: 29-16, 58-39, 78-57, 97-89.