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Rise of Phoenix continues as Meralco crashes yet again

Rise of Phoenix continues as Meralco crashes yet again

PHOENIX picked up its second straight win by beating Meralco, 96-86, on Wednesday night in the PBA Governors’ Cup at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum.

Eugene Phelps led a second-half breakaway as the Fuel Masters continued their stellar start in their first conference since trading for Calvin Abueva.

The 4-1 (win-loss) record also represents the best start to a conference in franchise history.

The win was also the first for Phoenix against Meralco in an import-laced tournament, according to PBA’s chief statistician Fidel Mangonon.

Phoenix coach Louie Alas said the three-week break did the team a world of good as Abueva and RJ Jazul kept the team working together towards one goal despite injuries to personnel.

“What transpired inside the court, ‘yun ‘yung resulta ng long vacation. Marami kaming off doon because of injuries. Lagi ngang kinakausap ni Calvin at RJ na it’s only five against five, kahit lima ang matira sa team, we will play. I have to give credit sa leadership,” said Alas.

Phelps had 24 points and 19 rebounds for Phoenix. He scored 11 points when the Fuel Masters build a sizeable 62-46 lead in the third quarter.

LA Revilla, named Best Player of the Game, had eight points, six rebounds and four assists in a game where Phoenix led by as many as 19 points at 91-72.

Matthew Wright had 16 points while going 4-of-4 from three-point land, Abueva added 16 points and eight rebounds and Jason Perkins pitched in 13 points and seven rebounds for Phoenix.

Chris Newsome had 18 points while Allen Durham had 16 points, 13 rebounds, and nine assists for Meralco, which dropped to 1-3.

The scores:

Phoenix 96 – Phelps 24, Wright 16, Abueva 16, Perkins 13, Chua 9, Revilla 8, Intal 6, Jazul 4, Mendoza 0, Wilson 0.

Meralco 86 – Newsome 18, Durham 16, Lanete 11, Hugnatan 10, Jamito 8, Caram 7, Salva 6, Amer 5, Sedurifa 3, Hodge 2, Faundo 0, Atkins 0, Canaleta 0.

Quarterscores: 21-22; 47-42; 74-63; 96-86.