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Alolino happy for good friend Tolomia for winning MVP despite outdueling him in Game 2 match-up

By Ivan Saldajeno

BIÑAN--Tanduay's Gelo Alolino expressed nothing but happiness for his fellow former RP Youth Team member, Phoenix's Mike Tolomia, after the latter was named the PBA D-League Foundation Cup MVP.

"Hands down kay Mike kasi pinaghirapan niya yun. Mike's my good friend. Alam naman nating teammate ko siya sa RP [Youth Team]. Happy ako sa kanya na nakuha niya yun," Alolino told a group of sportswriters on Tuesday night.

Alolino, who also made the shortlist of the players who were mainly considered for the individual plum, said it despite outpointing Tolomia in Game 2 of the championship series between the Rhum Masters and the Accelerators at the Alonte Sports Arena.

The former NU guard made up for a dismal showing in the series opener by firing 26 points on 7-of-13 shooting in the rematch as Tanduay sent the finals to a third and final showdown set for Thursday night at the said venue.

On the other hand, Tolomia, who was reportedly suffering from flu-like symptoms, was limited to only eight points on 2-of-10 shooting, but Alolino implicitly downplayed his match-up domination and just raved his friend's brilliance all-tournament long with the said statement.

He also expressed his gratitude to Coach Lawrence Chongson for his confidence on him despite the Game 1 struggles.

"Going to this game, positive siya na babawi ako. Happy naman ako na nakapag-deliver ako," Alolino continued.

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