Tanduay spoils Phoenix's D-League grand slam bid, forces Foundation Cup finals decider

By Ivan Saldajeno

BIÑAN--Tanduay forced a rubber match in the PBA D-League Foundation Cup Finals after mauling Phoenix, 89-75, in Game 2 of the best-of-three series at the Alonte Sports Arena on Tuesday night.

The Rhum Masters used a 28-point fourth quarter onslaught to break away from the Accelerators, who were a win away from completing the D-League double entering the game.

Gelo Alolino exploded for 26 points on 7-of-13 shooting with three rebounds, two assists, and one steal for Tanduay, which once again tripped a virtual twice-to-beat disadvantage.

The team's defense, on the other hand, succeeded in containing Mike Tolomia, who was earlier named the tournament MVP.

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Tolomia only made eight points on a 2-of-10 clip from the field.

Ed Daquioag led Phoenix with 18 points but made only five of 15 shots.

Game 3 is scheduled on Thursday night at the said venue.

Box Scores:

Tanduay 89-Alolino 26, Celda 15, Eguilos 11, Javillonar 9, Belencion 8, Ferrer 5, Lingganay 4, Mendoza 4, Javelona 3, Santos 2, Tagarda 2, Gotladera 0, Stevens 0

Phoenix 75-Daquioag 18, Belo 16, Pogoy 12, Tolomia 8, Escoto 7, Tamsi 3, Mendoza 2, Andrada 2, Batiño 2, Iñigo 2, Jamito 1, Colina 0

Quarterscores: 21-23, 41-38, 61-56, 89-75

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