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Abueva capable of making Phoenix a playoff team, says Alas

Posted by on Aug 13, 2018 in News, Phoenix | 0 comments

Abueva capable of making Phoenix a playoff team, says Alas

LOUIE Alas is confident Phoenix now has what it takes to get to the PBA playoffs following the acquisition of Calvin Abueva in a blockbuster trade. Since acquiring the Barako Bull franchise in the 2016 Commissioner’s Cup, Phoenix came close to making the quarterfinals but always fell a tad short. Now Alas hopes Abueva’s rebounding and scoring, as well as the other intangibles the ‘Beast’ brings to a game, can get the Fuel Masters over the hump. “Sabi ko nga sa kanya, one possession na lang kami pang-playoffs na, siguro naman...

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Frustration mounts for Louie Alas: ‘Di na ko puwedeng magalit, ubos na galit ko’

Posted by on Jun 11, 2018 in News, Phoenix | 0 comments

Frustration mounts for Louie Alas: ‘Di na ko puwedeng magalit, ubos na galit ko’

LOUIE Alas saw the sign as early as the first half. “Nawalan na kami ng depensa. Alam ko na latter part ng second quarter. Nakikita ko na ang dami nang blow by. Ok lang na ma-blow by ka, pero at least merong humahabol. Pero kami nag stop na defensively,” he said at the end of Phoenix’s game against Columbian Dyip on Sunday night. More or less, that was the story behind the Fuel Masters’ sorry 115-107 loss that dealt a big blow to their playoffs chances in he PBA Commissioner’s Cup. It was the third straight setback for Phoenix, which...

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Wright sees gritty double-overtime win over Ginebra as a sign of maturity for Phoenix

Posted by on May 22, 2018 in News, Phoenix | 0 comments

Wright sees gritty double-overtime win over Ginebra as a sign of maturity for Phoenix

MATTHEW Wright played down his clutch performance that towed Phoenix to a 103-98 overtime win over Ginebra in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup on Sunday night. The Fuel Masters gunner scored four straight points in back-to-back possessions in the second extra session that gave the his team 99-94 lead with still over three minutes left – enough of a cushion to hold off the Gin Kings’ last-ditch effort. But Wright, who finished with 19 points on 7-of-19 shooting, 10 rebounds, three assists, one steal, and zero turnover in over 44 minutes, insisted...

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Phoenix relies on Wright stuff to outlast Ginebra in double-overtime thriller

Posted by on May 22, 2018 in News, Phoenix | 0 comments

Phoenix relies on Wright stuff to outlast Ginebra in double-overtime thriller

MATTHEW Wright delivered the crucial blows in the second overtime as Phoenix outlasted Barangay Ginebra, 103-98, on Sunday in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum. Wright hit back-to-back baskets to give the Fuel Masters a 99-94 lead which was enough to secure the victory, the Fuel Masters’ third in five outings. The Gin Kings continued their roller-coaster ride as they fell to 1-3 (win-loss) after losing import Charles Garcia late in regulation. “We need that game,” said Phoenix coach Louie Alas. “I told them if we...

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Phoenix activates Eugene Phelps in place of injured James White for game against Ginebra

Posted by on May 22, 2018 in News, Phoenix | 0 comments

Phoenix activates Eugene Phelps in place of injured James White for game against Ginebra

PHOENIX brings back old reliable Eugene Phelps in place of James White for the Fuel Masters’ PBA Commissioner’s Cup game against Barangay Ginebra on Sunday. White has been put by the Fuel Masters on the injury-reserved list, paving the way for Phelps suiting up for the team’s 6:45 p.m. encounter with the Kings at the Smart Araneta Coliseum. Phelps arrived in the country two weeks ago and has already been practicing with Phoenix for almost a week now. He was gearing to play for the Fuel Masters for the Governors Cup until White...

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High-scoring Phelps is in town, but James White reassured he’s still Phoenix import

Posted by on May 12, 2018 in News, Phoenix | 0 comments

High-scoring Phelps is in town, but James White reassured he’s still Phoenix import

BINAN, LAGUNA – James White has the reassurance of his coach that he will remain as Phoenix import in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup. Louie Alas said the Fuel Masters are sticking it out with White despite the arrival of resident reinforcement Eugene Phelps, who has already started practicing with the team. Phelps, according to Alas, has come over to be the team’s import for the season-ending Governors Cup. “I told him you are my import and not (Eugene) Phelps,” said Alas after the Fuel Masters went down against the...

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Matthew Wright’s so tired of losing to Magnolia that he did something about it

Posted by on May 7, 2018 in News, Phoenix | 0 comments

Matthew Wright’s so tired of losing to Magnolia that he did something about it

MATTHEW Wright is just tired of losing to Magnolia. And given the opportunity, the assassin in him went for the kill. Wright scored Phoenix’s last four points, including the dagger trey that brought the Hotshots down to their knees, 89-87, on Sunday night in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup at the Mall of Asia Arena. As far as Wright can recall, he’s been 0-6 against the Hotshots in his young pro career. “I’m just tired of losing against that team especially with the way we’ve been losing (against them),” said Wright, who finished with 19 points on...

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Wright breaks Magnolia’s heart by delivering game-winning trey for Phoenix

Posted by on May 7, 2018 in News, Phoenix | 0 comments

Wright breaks Magnolia’s heart by delivering game-winning trey for Phoenix

PHOENIX spoiled Vernon Macklin’s PBA comeback and Magnolia’s Commissioner’s Cup debut behind a dramatic 89-87 win Sunday at the Mall of Asia Arena. Matthew Wright hit a clutch three-pointer in the final 3.2 seconds as the Fuel Masters finally took the upperhand, 88-87, and capped a comeback from as much as a 16-point deficit. Wright added a free throw later on after the Hotshots were whistled for a technical foul for calling a timeout they didn’t have to seal Phoenix’s second win in three outings. “Kung may pride kayo, then we just...

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Cramp-stricken James White turns to unusual remedy to finish game for Phoenix

Posted by on Apr 27, 2018 in News, Phoenix | 0 comments

Cramp-stricken James White turns to unusual remedy to finish game for Phoenix

JAMES White turned to his own version of “Michael’s Secret Stuff” to relieve cramping/tightness on his hamstring and save the day for Phoenix in its 107-102 win over Blackwater in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup on Wednesday night. Forced to head to the bench after feeling some tightness on his hamstring after a layup early in the fourth quarter, the Fuel Masters import was made to drink pickle juice – an unusual remedy that somehow worked and allowed him to come back less than a minute later. It was like Bugs Bunny coming up with Michael’s Secret...

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Old habit hard to break as Phoenix again blows big lead before nipping Blackwater

Posted by on Apr 27, 2018 in News, Phoenix | 0 comments

Old habit hard to break as Phoenix again blows big lead before nipping Blackwater

PHOENIX saw a familiar habit resurface, but regained its bearings in the nick of time for a 107-102 squeaker over Blackwater to start its PBA Commissioner’s Cup campaign on a positive note on Wednesday night at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum. The Fuel Masters squandered a 22-point lead then withstood a handful of comeback attempts by the Elite to pull off the hard-earned victory. James White kept the Fuel Masters afloat all-game long with 31 points, 14 boards, five assists, and five blocks, while Justin Chua put up a breakout performance as the...

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