PASIG CITY – A complete Phoenix Petroleum maintained its spot at the top of the 2016 PBA D-League Foundation Cup standings Thursday (July 14) at the Ynares Sports Arena by bombarding AMA Online Education from all angles, 109-70, for their seventh win in eight games. The Accelerators moved half-a-game ahead of defending champion CafeFrance-CEU.
Mike Tolomia submitted an eye-popping triple double of 23 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists in only 25 minutes on the floor. Roger Pogoy, who did not play in their first encounter last June 14 due to injury scattered 11 of his 20 points in the opening period to set the basis for the easy win.
“I like how the players responded today, you can see it in their body language,’ said Coach Eric Gonzales. “I am always looking to improve our team; we still have one more vacant slot in our roster so we are planning to sign a big man.”
Like Pogoy, Aspirants Cup Best Player Mac Belo also did not play the first game against as the Accelerators bared sneaked past the Titans, 97-89. This time, they made sure to outcome would be settled early by racing to a 34-13 lead after the first period.
Despite the setback, AMA (1-5) stayed in the hunt for one of four playoff semifinal slots. They trail idle Tanduay Rhum Makers (5-3) by three games for the fourth and final berth.
James Martinez returned for another tour of duty with AMA and promptly made his presence felt with 15 points. Stephen Siruma chipped in 12 points.
How They Scored:
PHOENIX PETROLEUM (109) – Tolomia 23, Pogoy 20, Escoto 15, Daquioag 13, Belo 11, Inigo 7, Andrada 6, Mendoza 5, Knuttel 3, Batino 2, Tamsi 2, Jamito 2, Pascual 0.
AMA ONLINE EDUCATION (70) – Martinez 15, Siruma 12, Bragais 10, McCarthy 9, Arambulo 8, Taganas 7, Jordan 7, Asuncion 2, Carpio 0, Je Montemayor 0, Ortega 0, Jo Montemayor 0, Macaranas 0.
Period Scores: 34-13, 55-31, 78-50, 109-70.