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    Accelerators stop Rhum Masters’ win run at five and clinch twice-to-beat advantage in quarterfinals

    Feb 29, 2016
    Roger Pogoy stars as Phoenix scores its fifth victory in six outings. Jaime Campos

    PHOENIX Petroleum clinched a twice-to-beat advantage in the quarterfinals with an 85-80 win over Tanduay on Monday in the PBA D-League Aspirants Cup at the Filoil Flying V Arena.

    Roger Pogoy had 21 points, 12 in the fourth period, as the Accelerators improved to 5-1 and claimed the incentive for the top four teams at the end of the elimination.

    Phoenix, which also tied Caida Tiles at second place in the standings, snapped Tanduay’s five-game winning streak.

    “Thankful ako na nag-respond ’yung mga players kasi very relaxed sila. Sabi ko, hindi niyo sila puwedeng biruin dahil beterano sila,” said Phoenix coach Eric Gonzales.

    Pogoy capped off a 6-0 run with a triple with 57.1 seconds left.

    A 12-0 run put the Rhum Masters ahead, 75-70, but the Accelerators made crucial baskets in the end.

    Mac Belo had 14 points while Mike Tolomia finished with 14 points and nine assists for Phoenix.

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    Reden Celda had 13 points for Tanduay, which wrapped up the eliminations with a 5-3 slate.

    The scores:

    Phoenix-FEU 85 — Pogoy 21, Belo 14, Tolomia 14, Jose 12, Tamsi 9, Ru. Escoto 8, Inigo 5, Ri. Escoto 2, Andrada 0, Mendoza 0.

    Tanduay Light 80 — Celda 13, Acuna 11, Lingganay 11, Javillonar 8, Llagas 8, Wetherell 7, Belencion 6, Pessumal 6, Tagarda 4, Gotladera 3, Santos 3, Eriobu 0.

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    Quarterscores: 18-23; 37-46; 62-61; 85-80.

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