PASIG CITY – Racal Tiles picked up a major scalp by toppling previously undefeated Phoenix Petroleum, 93-78, in continuing action from the 2016 PBA D-League Foundation Cup Thursday (June 30). The Tile Masters thus ended the Accelerators winning run at five games and creating a wide open race for the top two spots in the seven-team tournament.
“That’s our target, to get into the top two,” said Coach Carlos Garcia. “For today, I told the players to expect a shorter rotation and some players will get to play longer than usual.”
Coach Garcia’s ploy worked as guard Jamil Ortuoste churned out his best performance of the tournament, scattering a quick 14 points in Racal’s first period blitz that saw them jump to a 29-22 advantage after 10 minutes. Suddenly, the Tile Masters’ shooting went cold allowing Phoenix to race back into contention until Chris Javier gave Racal the slight lead just before halftime, 40-38.
Jonathan Grey engaged Mac Belo and Roger Pogoy in a third period shootout as the Tile Masters held serve entering the final period, 65-64. By then, Phoenix simply lost steam as Ortuoste rediscovered his shooting touch and with help from shock trooper Billy Ray Robles stretched their margin to its highest, 92-76.
Phoenix Petroleum 5-1
Racal Tiles 5-2
Tanduay Rhum 5-2
AMA Online Education 1-4
Blustar Detergent 1-6
Topstar ZC Mindanao 0-6
Ourtuoste topped Racal with 20 points plus five rebounds and three assists. Grey had 13 of his 19 points in the third period.
Belo returned from a one-game suspension to make 22 points and grab 10 rebounds. Pogoy was next with 16 points and five assists.
The Foundation Cup takes a 12-day break to give way to the Philippines’ hosting of the 2016 Olympic Qualifying Tournament. Games will resume with a doubleheader on July 12 at the Ynares Sports Arena.
How They Scored:
RACAL TILES (93) – Ortuoste 20, Grey 19, Celiz 11, Maiquez 9, Robles 9, Javier 8, Corpuz 6, Paniamogan 5, Gabawan 4, Banal 2, Neypes 0, Terso 0.
PHOENIX PETROLEUM (78) – Belo 22, Pogoy 16, Tolomia 13, Daquioag 5, Mendoza 4, Escoto 4, Andrada 4, Batino 4, Jamito 4, Knuttel 2, Tamsi 0.
Period Scores: 29-22, 40-38, 65-64, 93-78.