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    Phoenix downs Tanduay in Foundation Cup decider to complete sweep of D-League titles

    Aug 25, 2016
    Phoenix celebrates its sweep of PBA D-League titles after topping Tanduay in the Foundation Cup finals. Jaime Campos

    BIÑAN, Laguna — Phoenix completed a sweep of the PBA D-League titles, topping the Foundation Cup with victory over Tanduay, 87-78, in the series decider on Thursday at the Alonte Sports Arena.

    Mike Tolomia, the conference's newly-minted MVP, sealed the championship by sinking seven of eight free throws in the dying moments. He finished with a game-high 21 points.

    Mac Belo and Ed Daquioag added 14 and 10 markers, respectively, for the Aspirant's Cup champions who nearly squandered a 20-point lead.

    "Na-experience na namin before yung lalamang ng malaki tapos mahahabol. Kaya ngayon nag-stay together kami as a team sa depensa," said Tolomia, moments after their conquest of Tanduay.

    Phoenix doused a spirited late-game fightback by the Rhum Masters, who clawed back from 20 points down and came to as close as three, 66-63, on Rudy Lingganay's three-point play with eight minutes left in the final quarter.

    But the Accelerators pushed the lead back to 10, 75-65, on Tolomia's basket and went on to seal the title.

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    Jaymo Eguilos paced Tanduay with 16 points and six rebounds.

    Reden Celda had 14, while Val Acuna and Gelo Aloliino added 13 points apiece in a losing cause.

    The Scores:

    PHOENIX 87 - Tolomia 21, Belo 14, Daquioag 10, Escoto 9, Jose 9, Andrada 6, Mendoza 6, Inigo 5, Pogoy 4, Tamsi 3, Colina 0.

    TANDUAY 78 - Eguilos 16, Celda 14, Acuna 13, Alolino 13, Lingganay 10, Ferrer 7, Belencion 3, Gotladera 2, Javillonar 0, Mendoza 0, Santos 0, Tagarda 0.

    Quarters: 32-17, 48-34, 65-56, 87-78.

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    Phoenix celebrates its sweep of PBA D-League titles after topping Tanduay in the Foundation Cup finals. Jaime Campos
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