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Justin Chua promised coach he’ll make up for lost time after surgery. He kept his word

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

Justin Chua promised coach he’ll make up for lost time after surgery. He kept his word

FOR Justin Chua, it’s his way of making up for lost time. Just two months removed from an appendix operation, the big man produced a career game as Phoenix averted an endgame collapse against Blackwater, 107-102, in the Commissioner’s Cup on Wednesday at the Smart Araneta Coliseum. The 6-foot-6 product of Ateneo had 17 points (8-of-17) and nine rebounds to eclipse his previous best of 16 points registered in this same tournament last year during a 94-86 loss to Globalport while Chua was still with Meralco. The 28-year-old center said he’s...

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Alas says ‘disrespectful’ Nabong never learned lesson after shock Meralco exit

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

Alas says ‘disrespectful’ Nabong never learned lesson after shock Meralco exit

PHOENIX coach Louie Alas felt Kelly Nabong has yet to learn from what happened at Meralco after yet another heated exchange with the Fuel Masters coach as well as referees on Friday night, this time as a member of Globalport in their PBA Philippine Cup matchup. Picked up from the free-agent market in the offseason after being dropped by Meralco due to an altercation with Jimmy Alapag, the mercurial Nabong got involved in another heated exchange with an official and Alas that led to the player’s ejection late in the first half. “Kinausap ko...

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Phoenix clinches at least playoff for Last 8 spot after weathering GlobalPort fightback

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

Phoenix clinches at least playoff for Last 8 spot after weathering GlobalPort fightback

PHOENIX did the work early before weathering a late GlobalPort storm, hacking out a 104-100 victory on Friday night to be assured of at least a playoff for the last quarterfinal spot in the PBA Philippine Cup. The Fuel Masters built a 31-point cushion that was just enough to withstand a furious fightback by the Batang Pier to hold on to the hard-earned victory, to finish the eliminations at 5-6 that tied their victims. Matthew Wright sparked the early surge as he fired 22 of his 32 points in the first half for the Fuel Masters, who can still...

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Phoenix guard rotation takes a hit as LA Revilla out with hairline fracture on hand

Posted by on Feb 15, 2018 in News, Phoenix | 0 comments

Phoenix guard rotation takes a hit as LA Revilla out with hairline fracture on hand

PHOENIX will have to make do with a shorthanded point guard rotation when it takes on Meralco in the PBA Philippine Cup on Wednesday night at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum. The Fuel Masters are missing the services of LA Revilla, who is expected to sit out the rest of the elimination round due to a hairline fracture in his right, shooting hand, which he hurt early in the team’s 74-72 win over TNT last Wednesday. Phoenix has three games left in the eliminations, and coach Louie Alas said Revilla could be absent in those games – and even beyond....

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Perkins hard on himself for role in Rosario ‘accident’ in bittersweet Phoenix win vs TNT

Posted by on Feb 10, 2018 in News, Phoenix | 0 comments

Perkins hard on himself for role in Rosario ‘accident’ in bittersweet Phoenix win vs TNT

IT was a bittersweet feeling for rookie Jason Perkins the first time the Phoenix franchise scored a breakthrough PBA win opposite TnT Katropa Wednesday night. While Perkins was proud at how the Fuel Masters mounted a huge comeback to pull off the thrilling 74-72 win, he also lamented seeing Katropa Troy Rosario go down with an injury. The freshman from De La Salle accidentally undercut Rosario as the TnT big man was going for a basket, causing him to fall face first on the floor of the MOA Arena. Perkins appeared to have been pushed from...

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Wright, Kramer deal knockout blow on TNT as Phoenix gets back on track

Posted by on Feb 8, 2018 in News, Phoenix | 0 comments

Wright, Kramer deal knockout blow on TNT as Phoenix gets back on track

PHOENIX turned to defense and a perfectly executed offensive play in the end to escape with a 74-72 win over TNT KaTropa to get back on the winning track in the PBA Philippine Cup on Wednesday night at the Mall of Asia Arena. Doug Kramer hit the game-winning floater off a pick-and-roll with Matthew Wright with three seconds left as the Fuel Masters fought back from a double-digit deficit to frustrate the Texters in a defensive, grind-out battle. Before that, Wright knocked down a catch-and-shoot three-pointer in the same exact play to knot...

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Surreal feeling as Kramer game-winner draws memory of 2006 UAAP heroics for Ateneo

Posted by on Feb 8, 2018 in News, Phoenix | 0 comments

Surreal feeling as Kramer game-winner draws memory of 2006 UAAP heroics for Ateneo

DOUG Kramer hit the game winner for Phoenix as the Fuel Masters eased past the TnT Katropa, 74-72, on Wednesday night in the PBA Philippine Cup. More than the offense though, the veteran big man was prouder of his defense, especially after drawing the difficult task of taking on former league MVP Kelly Williams. After giving the Fuel Masters the lead in the final three seconds, Kramer forced Williams to shoot over his outstretched arms in the game’s final play, the ball going in and out of the ring at the buzzer as Phoenix beat TnT for the...

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Familiarity with Gilas coaches helps Wright make pass that led to Kramer winner

Posted by on Feb 8, 2018 in News, Phoenix | 0 comments

Familiarity with Gilas coaches helps Wright make pass that led to Kramer winner

MATTHEW Wright should be the one receiving gifts on Wednesday, but on the day he was celebrating his birthday, he was the one sharing. The Phoenix gunner was glad to dish out the assist that set up Doug Kramer for the game-winner in a 74-72 escape against TNT KaTropa that allowed the Fuel Masters to get back on the winning track in the PBA Philippine Cup on the day Wright turned 27. Curling off a pick from Kramer, Wright caught a pass on the right corner from Gelo Alolino and, seeing a TNT double-team, made a bounce pass to his rolling big...

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Here’s why LA Revilla left Phoenix game against TNT after brief appearance

Posted by on Feb 8, 2018 in News, Phoenix | 0 comments

Here’s why LA Revilla left Phoenix game against TNT after brief appearance

PHOENIX had its own casualty on Wednesday after guard LA Revilla injured his right hand early in the team’s 74-72 win over TnT Katropa in the PBA Philippine Cup on Wednesday at the Mall of Asia Arena. Revilla said he hurt the hand in the first quarter but made it clear it wasn’t caused by any Katropa player. “Natukod ko lang either sa floor or natamaan ng sapatos,” said the playmaker as he showed the injured hand. “May bumukol kasi dito sa bandang taas.” The Phoenix guard went straight to St. Luke’s hospital after the game to...

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Alas says Phoenix still has much to learn after blowout loss to former team Alaska

Posted by on Feb 1, 2018 in News, Phoenix | 0 comments

Alas says Phoenix still has much to learn after blowout loss to former team Alaska

THIS is probably one of the times when Louie Alas wishes he was still with Alaska. After all, the new Phoenix coach saw his former squad continue to display its old, fiery defensive form – unfortunately at the expense of his new team, 93-75, in their PBA Philippine Cup matchup on Wednesday night. “We were raped by my former team,” Alas began bluntly. “Yung post-game ko, you allowed them to rape us. Before the game, I tell the interviews nga na ano eh, this kind of officiating goes for everybody but it fitted Alaska primarily.” “Because if you...

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