Mike Tolomia triple double helps rise of Phoenix from 22-points down against AMA
Phoenix guard Mike Tolomia pulled off his first career triple double. Dante Peralta

MIKE Tolomia posted his first career triple-double, leading Phoenix Petroleum-Far Eastern University back from a 22-point deficit in the third quarter to beat AMA Online Education, 114-102, on Tuesday in the PBA D-League Aspirants Cup at the Filoil Flying V Arena.

Tolomia had 28 points, 22 all in the second half, with 10 rebounds and 10 assists for the Accelerators, who started the fourth with an 18-5 run after trailing 49-71 in the third period. He hit a key four-point play that put Phoenix ahead, 94-92, on the way to their second straight win.

Phoenix Petroleum coach Eric Gonzales, however, rued the Accelerators’ flat start that led to his team being down 42-53 at the break.

“Gusto nila maglaro kasi sabi ko sa kanila nung first half, hindi kayo naglalaro. Hindi niyo ba alam na kapag hindi kayo naglalaro, hindi niyo rinerespeto ‘yung game,” said Gonzales.

“Actually practice pa lang, nakikita ko na. May mga warning na tayo na natural tendency ng tao na mag-relax,” Gonzales added.

Roger Pogoy had 21 points while Mac Belo and Raymar Jose chipped in 18 and 16 points, respectively, for the Accelerators.

Jerramy King and Jammer Jamito had 29 and 25 points respectively for AMA, which fell to 0-2.

The scores:

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.

Quarterscores: 17-26, 42-53, 76-87, 114-102.

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