Tolomia sizzles as Phoenix-FEU rallies to blow AMA


By Ivan Saldajeno

SAN JUAN, MM--Mike Tolomia made a strong case on Tuesday as he led Phoenix-FEU to a 114-102 comeback win over AMA in their PBA D-League Aspirants Cup match at the FilOil Flying V Centre.

Tolomia sparked the Accelerators' rally from 21 points down against the Titans for their second straight win.

With AMA leading, 73-52, in the third quarter, Tolomia nailed back-to-back shots to ignite the huge run. He then played the facilitator as he helped his teammates chopped AMA's edge further.

Tolomia capped the third quarter with a triple that put Phoenix-FEU to within 11, 76-87.

Mac Belo and R.R. Pogoy then continued the come-from-behind fashion in the fourth, combining for a 14-4 run that trimmed the gap to one, 90-91, with 7:07 left.

The rally was extended to an 18-5 blitz when Tolomia converted a four-point play that gave the Accelerators a 94-92 lead with 6:47 remaining.

Mark Romero scored on back-to-back buckets to reclaim the lead for the Titans, 96-94, but free throws from Pogoy and another field goal by Ed Daquioag again put the Acclerators up, 98-96.

Jerramy King equalized for AMA one more time, 98-all, but Phoenix-FEU finished the game on a 14-2 run to complete the comeback.

Tolomia finished with a triple-double of 28 points, ten rebounds, and ten assists, while Pogoy added 21 points for the Accelerators, who outscored the Titans, 62-29, in the final stages of the game and moved up to 2-0.

King had a game-high 29 markers for the Titans, who lost for the second straight time.

Box Scores:

Phoenix-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 102-King 29, Jamito 25, Sargent 16, Romero 14, Dagangon 8, Balucanag 4, Dela Cruz 4, Calma 2, Macaranas 0, Hernandez 0, Arambulo 0

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

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