(Alonte Sports Arena)
5 p.m. -- Tanduay vs. Phoenix (Finals, Game 3)
(Series tied at 1-1)
TANDUAY needed a big fourth quarter breakaway to beat Phoenix, 89-75, and send the PBA D-League Foundation Cup championship to a deciding game last night at Alonte Sports Arena in Biñan City, Laguna.
Holding a slim five-point lead at the end of three quarters, the Rhum Masters unloaded a telling 25-11 run capped by a Gelo Alolino triple to build a commanding 86-67 advantage and never looked back to square the best-of-three series to one game apiece.
Game 3 is slated at 5 p.m. tomorrow at the Biñan venue.
Alolino finished with 26 points, three rebounds and two assists while Reden Celda added 15 points and six assists for Tanduay, which overcame Kevin Ferrer’s five-point outing to clinch its first-ever Finals game win.
Ed Daquioag paced the Accelerators with 18 points while Mac Belo and RR Pogoy added 16 and 12 points, respectively.
A big letdown for Phoenix was Mike Tolomia, who had a bad shooting night of 2-of-10 shooting to finish with eight points.
Tolomia earlier snagged was the Conference Most Valuable Player prior to Game 2.
PBA commissioner Chito Narvasa and tournament director Eric Castro were on hand to fete the 23-year-old playmaker from Far Eastern University.
Tolomia averaged 19.9 points, 4.9 rebounds and 4.7 assists for the conference as he led the Accelerators back in the Finals.
He became the second Phoenix player to be named as MVP after Mac Belo in the Aspirants’ Cup last summer.
Tolomia got the plum after winning votes from the media, the television coveror, and the commissioner’s office, beating his teammate Daquioag, Cafe France’s Carl Bryan Cruz, Racal’s Jonathan Grey and Alolino in the process.
Phoenix, seeking to complete a sweep of season titles, prevailed in last Thursday’s opener, 84-76.
Tanduay (89) -- Alolino 26, Celda 15, Eguilos 11, Javillonar 9, Belencion 8, Ferrer 5, Mendoza 4, Lingganay 4, Javelona 3, Tagarda 2, Santos 2, Gotladera 0, Acuña 0, Stevens 0.
Phoenix (75) -- Daquioag 18, Belo 16, Pogoy 12, Tolomia 8, Escoto 7, Tamsi 3, Andrada 2, Mendoza 2, Knuttel 2, Iñigo 2, Batino 2, Jamito 1, Jose 0, Colina 0.
Quarterscores: 21-23, 40-38, 61-56, 89-75.