(Ynares Sports Arena, Pasig)
2 p.m. – Mindanao vs Tanduay
4 p.m. – CafeFrance vs UP – QRS /Jam
Phoenix Petroleum pulled the plug on AMA University late in the second half as it stormed back to take a 114-102 in the PBA D-League Aspirants’ Cup yesterday at The Arena in San Juan.
Mike Tolomia had the first triple-double of his basketball career as he scored 28 points, grabbed 10 boards and had 10 assists to spearhead the comeback of the Accelerators from 21 points down in the third period.
The Titans opened a 22 point spread in the third period, 71-49 behind the hot shooting of Jerramy King and Jam Jamito. That’s when Tolomia started his barrage as he scored 16 points in that period to trim the lead to just 11 heading to the fourth.
In the payoff period, Tolomia turned from scorer to facilitator as he effectively set up the likes of Mac Belo, RR Pogoy and Ed Daquioag to allow the Accelerators to complete their comeback, effectively outscoring the Titans 38-15 and join UP, Caida, CafeFrance as the teams who are undefeated in the tournaments with a 2-0 record.
“They wanted to play. Nung first half medyo nagrelax sila aya sinabi ko pag nagrerelax kayo, hindi niyo nirererespeto ang laro,” sad Phoenix head coach Eric Gonzales.
The loss wasted away the impressive all around performance from King ashe finished with 29 points, nine assists, seven rebounds and five steals. Jamito added 25 while second overall pick Julian Sargent also flirted with a triple-double of 16 points, 10 assists and eight rebounds.
However, Sargent turned from hero to goat. He made just four of his ten foul shots, missing four straight when Phoenix was making a rally in the fourth.
PHOENIX-FEU 114 – Tolomia 28, Pogoy 21, Belo 18, Jose 16, Tamsi 10, Daquioag 7, Ri. Escoto 4, Ru. Escoto 4, Mendoza 4, Elmejrab 2, Inigo 0, Lee Yu 0.
AMA 102 – King 29, Jamito 25, Sargent 16, Romero 14, Dagangon 8, Balucanag 4, Dela Cruz 4, Calma 2, Arambulo 0, Hernandez 0, Macaranas 0.
Quarters: 17-26; 42-53; 76-87; 114-102