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Phoenix deals lackluster TNT another defeat as Terrence benched

Phoenix deals lackluster TNT another defeat as Terrence benched

PHOENIX added to TnT Katropa’s misery after hacking out a runaway 112-82 victory on Friday in the PBA Governors Cup at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

The Fuel Masters never trailed the moment they seized command, 20-7, by scoring 16 straight unanswered points as they atoned for a 108-97 setback to Alaska and improved to 3-1 (win-loss).

But the bigger story was TnT absorbing yet another blowout loss as it continues its free-fall in the standings with its third straight defeat- and fourth in five games.

Star player Terrence Romeo showed up in playing uniform but was never utilized by coach Nash Racela during the game, where the Katropa trailed by as many as 41 points (100-59).

“Big bounce back. Yung talo natin sa Alaska compensated na iyun,” said Phoenix coach Louie Alas, who is enjoying his best start since taking over the team at the start of this season.

“Big deal na wala si Terrence, pero hindi ko ini-expect ito.”

Rookie Jason Perkins had 22 points to lead a balanced Phoenix offense, which had four others also finishing in double figures.

Matthew Wright added 16 points, import Eugene Phelps with 15 points and 11 rebounds, and Calvin Abueva also with a double-double of 12 points and 13 rebounds.

Curiously, seldom-used Alfrancis Tamsi led the TnT charge with 14 points as the team hardly got any contribution from any of its star players.

The trio of Roger Pogoy, Troy Rosario and Jayson Castro meanwhile, combined for 12 points on 5-of-27 shooting, with Castro going 0 for 6.

“Ang expectations ko very close game ito dahil alam naman natin yung lineup nila, tatlo o apat yung Gilas players nila diyan,” said Alas.

“Very explosive yung backcourt nila, and good thing wala si Terrence, kaya one less pressure sa amin yun sa depensa.”

The scores:

Phoenix 112 – Perkins 22, Wright 16, Phelps 15, Jazul 13, Abueva 12, Eriobu 9, Chua 8, Revilla 6, Mendoza 6, Intal 3, Wilson 2, Gamboa 0.

TnT – Tamsi 14, Davis 13, Cruz 12, Garcia 11, Carey 8, Semerad 7, Pogoy 7, Rosario 5, Reyes 3, Castron 2, Golla 0, Williams 0, Paredes 0, Saitanan 0.

Quarterscores: 29-17; 61-31; 85-56; 112-82.