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Phoenix Petroleum-Far Eastern University posted its second straight victory in the 2016 PBA D-League Aspirants Cup after launching a gallant come-from-behind victory over AMA Online Education, 114-1-2, on Tuesday, at the FilOil Flying V Arena, San Juan.
FEU Tamaraws stalwart Mike Tolomia served as the game-saving hero during crunch time as he unloaded the finishing touches just in time when the Accelerators needed them most.
The Accelerators had a lackluster run onset of the first quarter which triggered AMA Online Education to take advantage of their sloppy rally and piled a premature advance, much to Phoenix Petroleum Coach Eric Gonzales’ disappointment.
Phoenix Petroleum made some adjustments to remedy the deficit, but AMA Online Education was still intact and looked forward to what seemed to be a breakout romp after dragging the Accelerators to an 11-point mayhem at halftime, 53-42.
But the real deal is just starting for the Accelerators heading to the second half.
AMA Online Education ballooned their halftime lead to 22 points in the third canto, 71-49, which basically lit the momentum up for their almost-landslide victory, yet the show is not yet over for the FEU Tamaraws-bannered Phoenix Petroleum.
This was when Tolomia poured his game-saving bullets in the final frame that limited AMA’s scoring to just 5 points, thereby putting Phoenix Petroleum on the upperhand under the final minutes of the fourth quarter.
From then on, the Phoenix Petroleum Accelerators never looked back and permanently pulled off the rug from under AMA Online Education for their second consecutive win.
Mike Tolomia registered his first career triple-double of 28 points, 10 assists, and 10 rebounds, which averted the Accelerators from the 22-point scare inflicted by AMA.
In addition, four more FEU veterans scored in double-digits. Roger Pogoy had 21 hits, Mac Belo had 18 points, Raymar Jose chipped in 16 points, and Al Francis Tamsi tallied 10 points.
AMA Online Education, who dropped to a 0-2 win-loss record, drew most of their numbers from Jerramy King and Jammer Jamito, who had 29 and 24 points, respectively.
PHOENIX PETROLEUM-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, Yu 0.
AMA ONLINE EDUCATION (102) — King 29, Jamito 25, Sargent 16, Romero 14, Dagangon 8, Balucanag 4, Dela Cruz 4, Calma 2, Arambulo 0, Hernandez 0, Macaranas 0, McCarthy 0.