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

Posted by on Sep 24, 2018 in News, Phoenix | 0 comments

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...

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Alas uses long break to help Abueva master Phoenix playbook

Posted by on Sep 20, 2018 in News, Phoenix | 0 comments

Alas uses long break to help Abueva master Phoenix playbook

PHOENIX is careful not to get ahead of itself despite a sizzling start to the PBA Governors’ Cup led by Calvin Abueva. The Fuel Masters are off to a fast start with a 3-1 win-loss record before the league took a break for the Fiba Basketball World Cup Asian qualifiers, but coach Louie Alas insisted the Fuel Masters still have a lot to prove. “It’s too early to tell,” Alas said following Friday’s practice. “Naalala ko pa ‘yung first two conferences namin, parehong maganda ‘yung start namin. Pero ‘yung sa three conferences namin, eto na ‘yung...

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Alolino nears return as injured Phoenix players on way to recovery

Posted by on Sep 20, 2018 in News, Phoenix | 0 comments

Alolino nears return as injured Phoenix players on way to recovery

GELO Alolino is thrilled to return to the court after attending his first full practice with Phoenix on Friday morning. Alolino is closing in on getting back into action as the third-year playmaker has fully healed from the removal of bone spurs in his right ankle. He missed two and a half months due to the operation. “First full practice pero since Monday, gradual practice, non-contact. Ngayon, nakasabay na ako full practice,” said the former National University standout. Alolino said he is feeling better following the operation as he...

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Phoenix deals lackluster TNT another defeat as Terrence benched

Posted by on Sep 3, 2018 in News, Phoenix | 0 comments

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...

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Disgusted over crunchtime crumble, Alas urges Fuel Masters to show maturity

Posted by on Aug 30, 2018 in News, Phoenix | 0 comments

Disgusted over crunchtime crumble, Alas urges Fuel Masters to show maturity

NOT even the arrival of Calvin Abueva could break the cold spell of Louie Alas against his former team as Phoenix bowed to Alaska in the PBA Governors’ Cup. The Fuel Masters were pretty much in the game for the first three quarters only to lose steam in the end game against a balanced Aces’ side. While Alas sees that as a positive, the fiery mentor also noted that they can’t be satisfied with moral victories. “May nakita naman akong positive kasi nung first two games namin sa kanila, second quarter pa lang, decided na yung game. Here, until...

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Something’s got to give as unbeaten Alaska, Phoenix battle for solo lead

Posted by on Aug 29, 2018 in News, Phoenix | 0 comments

Something’s got to give as unbeaten Alaska, Phoenix battle for solo lead

THE solo top spot in the PBA Governors Cup will be at stake when Calvin Abueva faces his former team Alaska for the very first time Wednesday at the Smart Araneta Coliseum. The 7 p.m. match pits two of the league’s unbeaten teams in the Aces and the Phoenix Fuel Masters, the two parties involved just three weeks ago in a surprising deal that saw Alaska trading away Abueva for Karl Dehesa and a 2019 first round pick. The two ballclubs are so far off to a good start in the conference, winning their first two games respectively, to share the...

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Alas advice to Abueva ahead of Alaska match: ‘Doon mo ibuhos lahat’

Posted by on Aug 29, 2018 in News, Phoenix | 0 comments

Alas advice to Abueva ahead of Alaska match: ‘Doon mo ibuhos lahat’

CALVIN Abueva still wanted to play even when Phoenix already had the game against NorthPort well under control in the PBA Governors Cup. Coach Louie Alas refused to relent and instead, gave him a piece of advice. “Sumakit yung tuhod niya so di ko na binunot nung fourth quarter, pero gusto pa ring maglaro,” said the Phoenix mentor after the team’s 132-91 demolition of the Batang Pier on Sunday. “Sabi ko na lang may mas mabigat na game sa Wednesday. Doon mo ibuhos ang lahat.” That big game of course, is against Alaska, which for the past six...

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Abueva plays down faceoff vs Manuel, Alaska: ‘Wala namang personalan yan’

Posted by on Aug 29, 2018 in News, Phoenix | 0 comments

Abueva plays down faceoff vs Manuel, Alaska: ‘Wala namang personalan yan’

JUST a month ago, Calvin Abueva and Vic Manuel were battling in Alaska practice inside Gatorade Hoops Center in preparation for the season-ending 2018 PBA Governors’ Cup. Fast forward to Wednesday and they’ll do battle once again, this time on opposite sides when the Aces take on Abueva’s new team, Phoenix. The feisty Kapampangan forward, who was sent to the Fuel Masters in a trade earlier this month, isn’t putting too much thought on it, saying that whatever it is on the court stays on the court. “Sa akin, syempre sa court yan eh. Wala...

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No 50 this time, but Phelps gets plenty of help from energizer Abueva

Posted by on Aug 29, 2018 in News, Phoenix | 0 comments

No 50 this time, but Phelps gets plenty of help from energizer Abueva

HIS performance on Sunday might not been as spectacular as his 50-point outburst four days back, but for Eugene Phelps, all he cares about is the victory. “I don’t get bonuses for 50-point games, I get bonuses for winning. So we got the win, that’s all I care about,” he said. The Gucci headband-wearing reinforcement didn’t score as much this time compared to Phoenix’s win over Columbian, but his 30 points, 15 rebounds, and four blocks were more than enough to score the 132-91 triumph over NorthPort this time out. That put the Fuel Masters in...

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No 50 this time, but Phelps gets plenty of help from energizer Abueva

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

No 50 this time, but Phelps gets plenty of help from energizer Abueva

HIS performance on Sunday might not been as spectacular as his 50-point outburst four days back, but for Eugene Phelps, all he cares about is the victory. “I don’t get bonuses for 50-point games, I get bonuses for winning. So we got the win, that’s all I care about,” he said. The Gucci headband-wearing reinforcement didn’t score as much this time compared to Phoenix’s win over Columbian, but his 30 points, 15 rebounds, and four blocks were more than enough to score the 132-91 triumph over NorthPort this time out. That put the Fuel Masters in...

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