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In-form Phoenix continues to roll, deals Magnolia first loss

In-form Phoenix continues to roll, deals Magnolia first loss

PHOENIX notched its third straight win, handing Magnolia a 95-82 defeat on Sunday in the PBA Governors’ Cup at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum.

Eugene Phelps had 36 points, 20 rebounds, and four blocks as the Fuel Masters improved to 5-1 (win-loss) and extended the best start to a conference in franchise history.

As a misfiring Magnolia side slumped to its first loss in three games after making just 29 of 90 shots, Phoenix continued its rise since acquiring Calvin Abueva in a trade.

“For me, one of the best ang Magnolia especially sa defense. We were able to put a clamp on their offensive guys especially in the third quarter,” said Phoenix coach Louie Alas.

Phoenix is now in second place in the standings, just behind unbeaten Blackwater.

The Fuel Masters went on a 7-0 run to open a 82-72 lead midway through the fourth quarter. Phelps’ two-hand jam extended the lead to 87-75 with 3:33 left.

Matthew Wright had 13 points, five rebounds, and four assists while Justin Chua had 12 points, eight rebounds, and three blocks for Phoenix, which also got nine points and 10 rebounds from Calvin Abueva.

Romeo Travis had 28 points, 19 rebounds, and two blocks but made just 11 of 21 shots, missing a number of attempts from point-blank range when the game got away from the Hotshots in the final stretch.

Jio Jalalon, Ian Sangalang, and Mark Barroca each added 11 points for the Hotshots. Jalalon, however, fouled out with five minutes left in the game.

The scores:

Phoenix 95 – Phelps 36, Wright 13, Chua 12, Revilla 9, Jazul 9, Abueva 9, Perkins 7, Wilson 0, Intal 0.

Magnolia 82 – Travis 28, Jalalon 11, Sangalang 11, Barroca 11, Lee 8, Ramos 6, dela Rosa 3, Melton 2, Galaminda 2, Reavis 0, Herndon 0, Pascual 0, Brondial 0.

Quarters: 30-19; 48-48; 71-67; 95-82.