Tanduay coach Lawrence Chongson can live with the fact that his team gave it their all despite losing in the 2016 PBA D-League Foundation Cup Finals.
“Who doesn’t want to end up number one? But then, kung alam mo naman na you gave it your all, yun ang tinakda, na hanggang second place lang. But it’s always better than third, fourth, or fifth place,” Chongson said.
“I’ll always be proud sa achievement namin, sa kung ano man ang narating ng team ko.”
Experience is the biggest teacher, and Phoenix sure is fortunate to have that on its side.
Pushed to their limit in the 2016 PBA D-League Foundation Cup Finals, the Accelerators showed their poise and outlasted Tanduay, 87-78, in Game 3 on Thursday.
“Sabi ko sa teammates ko, na-experience na namin yung mga ganoong games. Lumalamang kami ng malaki, tapos humahabol ang kalaban,” said Phoenix’s star guard Mike Tolomia.
Consider Raymar Jose as Phoenix’s biggest trump card.
Injected to the Accelerators lineup for the first time this conference, the 6-foot-4 bruiser proved to be the missing piece as he helped the team snare the 2016 PBA D-League Foundation Cup title against Tanduay on Thursday.
“Sobrang big factor sya at kita mo naman yung outcome,” said coach Eric Gonzales.
MANILA, Philippines – The Phoenix Accelerators asserted its might early then held off a second-half surge by the Tanduay Rhum Masters to claim an 87-73 victory and clinch the 2016 PBA D-League Foundation Cup crown on Thursday evening at the Alonte Sports Arena in Biñan, Laguna.
Conference MVP Mike Tolomia fought through a poor shooting performance to come up big in the fourth period, scoring nine of his 21 points.
Tolomia also added seven rebounds and four assists to deliver for the Accelerators while bouncing back from a subpar effort in Game 2.
AS PHOENIX goes for a season sweep, Tanduay Rhum hopes to make a mark of its own as the first fourth seed to bag the championship in the PBA D-League Foundation Cup.
“Most have written us off already,” said Tanduay coach Lawrence Chongson, whose Rhum Masters also stunned No. 1 Racal in the semifinals. “But this is a testament that as long you’re fighting, there’s always a chance.”
Game 3 of the best-of-three Finals series is set at 5 p.m. today at Alonte Sports Arena in Biñan, Laguna.
Without any room for error, Tanduay knew it had to play the perfect game on Tuesday to extend the 2016 PBA D-League Foundation Cup Finals.
And the one to heed the call? Playmaker Gelo Alolino.
Underwhelming in Game 1 after posting a measly six points on a 2-of-10 shooting, the former NU Bulldog was aching to bounce back strong after that woeful showing.
Mike Tolomia almost had the perfect scenario.
After winning the Conference Most Valuable Player award on Tuesday, a championship would have capped off an amazing year for the 23-year-old.
But that was not meant to be, as Tanduay stunned Phoenix and scored an 89-75 Game 2 victory to force a winner-take-all in the 2016 PBA D-League Foundation Cup Finals.