PHOENIX started its bold quest to hitch the PBA’s elite because it razed Kia, 118-105, on weekday night because the Governors’ Cup got going at the Smart-Araneta amphitheater.
The Fuel Masters junction rectifier from beginning to end then stone-broke away within the final canto for a strong begin within the season-ending conference.
Eugene Phelps, familiar for his 50-point outbursts in his debuts, settled for still solid numbers of thirty-three points and fourteen boards, whereas RJ Jazul sparked the late salvo against one in every of the groups that denied them of a prime six end within the Commissioner’s Cup.
“It’s an honest begin for the North American nation,” Phoenix coach Ariel Vanguardia same. “We stone-broke our run from the last conference, that started with a loss to Mahindra. it absolutely was payback time.”
Jazul discharged half his eighteen points within the payoff amount, highlighted by a triple that allowed the Fuel Masters to breach the 100-point barrier and gave them a 14-point lead halfway through the amount once the Picanto force to among some extent within the third quarter.
JC Intal additionally delivered with nineteen points, seven boards, 3 assists, and one block in twenty-eight minutes, whereas Joseph Eriobu and Cyrus Baguio additionally scored in double figures.
Phelps did not even get to play within the last 5 minutes because the locals took over.
Markeith writer junction rectifier the Picanto with thirty-one points and ten boards, whereas echo Galanza another fifteen markers in twenty-six minutes off the bench that went for naught.
The Final Scoreboard Result:
PHOENIX 118 – Phelps 33, Intal 19, Jazul 18, Eriobu 12, Baguio 11, Dehesa 9, Alolino 8, W. Wilson 4, Kramer 2, J. Wilson 2, Lanete 0, Hayes 0, Borboran 0, Miranda 0.
KIA 105 – Cummings 31, Galanza 15, Jaime 11, Revilla 10, Paniamogan 9, Caperal 8, Khobuntin 7, Teng 5, Corpuz 4, Celda 3, Camson 2, Ballesteros 0, Elorde 0, Salva 0.
Quarters: 33-24, 57-48, 83-75, 118-105.