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    Phoenix gets boost ahead of quarterfinals, dashes Aguilas' playoff hopes in Aspirants Cup

    Mar 7, 2016
    Accelerators main man Mac Belo leads all scorers with 24 points. Dante Peralta

    PHOENIX Petroleum-Far Eastern University eliminated Mindanao Aguilas from the quarterfinal race with a 90-80 victory on Monday in the PBA D-League Aspirants Cup.

    Mac Belo scored 24 points, while Ed Daquioag returned from injury by finishing with 22 points for the Accelerators, who cemented their hold of third spot with a 6-2 win-loss card.

    The Accelerators enter the quarterfinals with a twice-to-beat advantage but coach Eric Gonzales stressed they never considered their final elimination game lightly.

    Phoenix will face sixth-seed BDO-National University, regardless of the result of the Bulldogs’ match against Caida Tiles.

    “Confidence builder ito. We don’t want to enter the quarterfinals with a loss,” said Gonzales.

    The Aguilas finished their maiden tournament with a 1-7 win-loss slate, tying Wangs Basketball but the Couriers are headed to the quarterfinals via the winner-over-the-other rule.

    The scores:

    Phoenix Petroleum-FEU 90 — Belo 24, Daquioag 22, Tolomia 14, Ru. Escoto 10, Andrada 6, Tamsi 6, Pascual 5, Inigo 3, Lee Yu 0, Ri. Escoto 0.

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    ZC Mindanao Aguilas 80 — Acibar 18, Garcia 16, Salamag 12, Sarangay 10, Celiz 9, Jumao-as 8, Villanueva 3, Ignacio 2, Ongteco 2, Dadjilul 0, Julkipli 0, Argamino 0.

    Quarterscores: 21-19; 39-39; 60-53; 90-80.

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