QUEZON CITY – Gelo Alolino hit a side jumper with four seconds left to key Tanduay Rhum’s 86-84 win over AMA Online Education in continuing action from the 2016 PBA D-League Foundation Cup at the Jesus Christ Saves Global Outreach (JCSGO) Gym Thursday (August 4). Alolino’s basket capped the Rhum Masters’ mad rally from nine points down at the start of the final period, 61-70.
Reden Celda powered Tanduay’s comeback with 11 markers, including a go-ahead triple at the 51-second mark, 84-82. AMA’s Rashawn McCarthy countered by tying the count with a layup, 84-84, and 31 seconds to go before Alolino put in the game-winner.
McCarthy had a chance to force overtime or win the game but his hurried attempt at the buzzer went nowhere. Still, he and teammate James Martinez both finished with 32 points each to top the Titans.
Alolino paced the Rhum Masters with 20 points on top of seven rebounds and six assists. Celda backed him up with 17 points.
Tanduay ended the elimination round with an 8-4 win-loss card. Assured of a slot in the semifinals, the Rhum Masters can still rise from their current fourth ranking depending on the results of the remaining games.
“I’m glad the team’s character held through in the fourth,” said Coach Lawrence Chongson. “We were also able to further break in our newcomers and prepare them for the semifinals.”
The semifinals will begin on August 11. The top two seeds enjoy the twice-to-beat advantage over their opponents with the winners advancing to the best-of-three championship series.
How They Scored:
TANDUAY RHUM (86) – Alolino 20, Celda 17, Mendoza 10, Lingganay 9, Javillonar 8, Javelona 6, Santos 4, Ferrer 3, Acuna 3, Belencion 3, Stevens 2, Gotladera 1, Eguilos 0.
AMA ONLINE EDUCATION (84) – Martinez 32, McCarthy 32, Taganas 6, Asuncion 5, Arambulo 3, Ortega 2, Jo Montemayor 2, Belleza 2, Bragais 0, Macaranas 0, Calma 0, Jordan 0.
Period Scores: 23-21, 42-35, 61-68, 86-84.