PASIG CITY – Phoenix Petroleum is back alone on top of the table of the 2016 PBA D-League Foundation Cup after using a strong fourth period push to halt Tanduay Rhum, 108-95, at the Ynares Sports Arena Tuesday evening (July 12). Ed Daquioag excelled on both offense and defense to key the victory, the Accelerators’ sixth in seven games.
The Rhum Masters proved to be a tough customer as Gelo Alolino exploded for 17 points in the third period to keep them within striking distance. Still, Phoenix clung to a 76-72 lead entering the final period.
“Our adjustment was simple, defend against Alolino,” said Coach Eric Gonzales, who assigned the task to Daquioag. “We rise up from where we fell down and we learned a lot of lessons from our first loss last time.”
The ploy worked and Daquioag put the handcuffs on Alolino, who could only cough up a triple entering the two-minute warning. The triple hardly mattered as Phoenix remained in command by 14 markers, 101-87, with Daquioag already accounting for 13 fourth period points and Mac Belo adding six.
Daquioag finished with 27 points, eight rebounds and two steals. Belo and Mike Tolomia backed him up with 16 points each.
Alolino ended up with 28 points and six assists. Jeoffry Javillonar scored 10 of his 13 points in the fourth period as Tanduay tried their best to close in on the rampaging Accelerators.
Ironically, Phoenix debuted in the Foundation Cup with a 98-79 smashing of Tanduay last June 7 and went on to build a five-game winning streak. The latest win over the Rhum Masters could mean the start of another streak.
Phoenix suffered its first loss of the tournament, 78-93, at the hands of Racal Tiles last June 30. The 6-1 Accelerators now hold a half-game lead over second-running CafeFrance (5-1).
How They Scored:
PHOENIX PETROLEUM (108) – Daquioag 27, Belo 16, Tolomia 16, Jamito 12, Escoto 11, Pogoy 9, Mendoza 7, Knuttel 4, Batino 3, Inigo 2, Andrada 1, Tamsi 0.
TANDUAY RHUM (95) – Alolino 28, Javillonar 13, Mendoza 12, Gotladera 11, Acuna 10, Celda 8, Santos 6, Cenal 2, Tagarda 2, Lo 1, Acibar 1, Stevens 1, Belencion 0, Lingganay 0.
Period Scores: 20-25, 51-43, 76-72, 108-95.