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Phoenix on a roll

Games Tomorrow
(Ynares Sports Arena, Pasig City)
2 p.m. – Tanduay vs Wangs
4 p.m. – Caida vs CaféFrance

Phoenix Petroleum-Far Eastern University overcame a sluggish start to beat University of the Philippines-QRS/Jam, 98-84, and forge a three-way tie for the lead in the PBA D-League Aspirants Cup yesterday at The Arena in San Juan.

UAAP Finals MVP Mac Belo played true to his billing as he tallied 20 points, seven rebounds and two blocks in leading the Accelerators to their third straight win.

Phoenix, which tied CaféFrance and Caida Tiles for the lead, also had four players in double figures that underscored the team’s awesome depth.

University of Santo Tomas’ Ed Daquioag proved he can also shine playing with a former rival teal by scoring 16 points.

Mike Tolomia also delivered with 14 markers while Roger Pogoy and Alfrancis Tamsi added 10 apiece.

Phoenix trailed 14-2 after the opening tip but rallied through the tough plays of Belo and Daquioag.

The boys of Phoenix coach Eric Gonzales continued their onslaught in the second half, leading by as many as 24 points.

“It’s nothing. We just have to be thankful,” said Gonzales. “We might be champions, but this is another league. We have to respect every opponent.”

Raymond Aguilar finished with 28 points and 10 rebounds for UP-QRS/Jam, which dropped its second straight after a 2-0 start.

Scores:
PHOENIX-FEU 98 – Belo 20, Daquioag 16, Tolomia 14, Pogoy 10, Tamsi 10, Jose 9, Ru. Escoto 8, Iñigo 7, Ri. Escoto 3, Elmejrab 1, Mendoza 0.

UP QRS/JAM LINER 84 – Aguilar 28, Baloria 12, Ferrer 9, Dario 8, Batino 7, Soyud 5, Desiderio 4, Moralde 4, Sorela 4, Alolino 3, Neypes 0.

Quarters: 21-26; 55-39; 79-56; 98-84.

Second Game:
BDO-NU 93 – Salem 16, Alejandro 14, Aroga 14, Salim 9, Diputado 8, Labing-isa 7, Perez 7, Javelona 6, Tansingco 6, Yu 6, Roño 0.

AMA UNIVERSITY 87 – McCarthy 21, Jamito 13, Mendoza 13, De Leon 12, Sargent 10, King 9, Dela Cruz 7, Arambulo 1, Calma 1, Balucanag 0, Hernandez 0, Macaranas 0.

Quarters: 26-18, 47-45, 69-68, 93-87.

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