Facing a Batang Pier team that they stunned after coming back from 26 points down in the Philippine Cup, the Fuel Masters did the same on Friday, turning it around in the second half to coast to a 84-72 victory and bolster their playoff hopes in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup.
The Fuel Masters overcame an early 15-point deficit, getting motivation from a halftime tongue-lashing from coach Ariel
RJ Jazul bounced back from a disappointing performance against Meralco while Jameel Mckay again anchored the middle with another 20-20 effort as the Fuel Masters improved to a 4-5 win-loss record stay in eighth spot, while keeping the Batang Pier behind them at ninth spot at 2-6.
Lanete scored all his six points in the second half, the last two on a breakaway layup off his steal from Mike Cortez that gave the Fuel Masters their biggest lead at 78-65 – completing a 28-point turnaround.
Stanley Pringle carried most of the load without backcourt partner Terrence Romeo as he put up an all-around showing of 25 points, nine boards, and six assists that went for naught for GlobalPort.
The Final Scoreboard Result:
PHOENIX 84 – McKay 22, Jazul 21, Baguio 8, Lanete 6, Eriobu 6, Torres 5, Borboran 4, Alolino 4, Dehesa 4, Kramer 2, W. Wilson 2, Intal 0, J. Wilson 0
GLOBALPORT 72 – Pringle 25, White 16, Cortez 12, Aban 7, Quinahan 4, Forrester 3, Pessumal 3, Mamaril 2, Maierhofer 0, Ababou 0, Urbiztondo 0
Quarterscores: 14-28, 27-36, 57-55, 84-72