Phoenix asserted its might in Game 3 and came away with an 87-73 victory over Tanduay to claim the 2016 PBA D-League Foundation Cup title on Thursday at Alonte Sports Arena in Binan, Laguna.
Conference MVP Mike Tolomia survived his poor sniping and uncorked nine of his 21 points in the fourth frame, to go with seven rebounds and four assists to deliver for the Accelerators.
Mac Belo also registered a double-double with 14 markers and 10 boards, while Ed Daquioag had 10 points and five dimes for Phoenix.
The Accelerators also wrapped up a season sweep after winning the Aspirants’ Cup in their first conference.
Raymar Jose proved to be the biggest spark for Phoenix as it went on a 32-17 start and even led by as much as 20.
Tanduay, though, refused to back down as Val Acuna and Rudy Lingganay brought the Rhum Masters back to as close as three, 66-63 early in the fourth.
But that was when Belo and Tolomia took over, bringing the Accelerators the win in the end game.
“We already experienced those kind of games wherein we were leading and then our rivals reclaimed the lead,” said Tolomia. “But we decided to slug it out as a team though we struggled offensively. But as long as we’re united, we can win.”
Jaymo Eguilos topped Tanduay with 16 points and six rebounds, while Reden Celda had 14 markers and seven boards in the loss.
PHOENIX 87 – Tolomia 21, Belo 14, Daquioag 10, Escoto 9, Jose 9, Andrada 6, Mendoza 6, Inigo 5, Pogoy 4, Tamsi 3, Colina 0.
TANDUAY 78 – Eguilos 16, Celda 14, Acuna 13, Alolino 13, Lingganay 10, Ferrer 7, Belencion 3, Gotladera 2, Javillonar 0, Mendoza 0, Santos 0, Tagarda 0.
Quarters: 32-17, 48-34, 65-56, 87-78.