Phoenix Super LPG continued its turnaround after adding more frustration on winless Blackwater, 114-92, Saturday, Sept. 11 in the PBA Philippine Cup at the Don Honorio Ventura State University in Bacolor, Pampanga.
Matthew Wright had his best shooting game in Bacolor after dropping 16 points on 5-of-9 shooting with eight rebounds and six assists while Justin Chua regained the form displayed in last season’s bubble by posting 17 points and nine rebounds as the Fuel Masters moved inside the top eight with a 4-5 record.
Four players scored in double figures in Jason Perkins (17), RJ Jazul (14), rookie Aljun Melecio (11) and Chris Banchero (10) as the Fuel Masters won their second straight game and three of their four after going 1-4 when the conference began at the Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig City last July.
But two tough games await Phoenix with defending champion Barangay Ginebra and San Miguel Beer on tap, but coach Topex Robinson is glad with Phoenix’s position at this point of the eliminations.
“We gonna always take this win. And moving forward, it’s gonna be a tough two games for us,” said Phoenix coach Topex Robinson. “Winning hides a lot of flaws but we still have a lot of things to work on as a team.
“But good thing for us is that we have control of our destiny so we just have to grind it out in the last two games,” he added.
Mike Tolomia’s 23 points went for naught as Blackwater dropped to a 0-9 record while extending its skid to 17 consecutive defeats dating back to last season’s Philippine Cup.
The Bossing now share the second-longest losing streak in league history with Ginebra, which endured that lengthy amount of games back in 1995.
Only the Great Taste Discoverers had more losses with 18 straight stretching two conferences during the 1980 campaign.
Phoenix trailed 43-34 in the second but Wright scored eight since that score to grab the lead at the half, 52-50.
The Fuel Masters then turned the third quarter into another nightmare for the Bossing as they held a 72-59 lead with under five minutes left behind Wright, Perkins, Banchero and RR Garcia.
A three by Melecio ended the quarter with Phoenix up 72-58, before the lead ballooned to a high of 25 late in the contest.
PHOENIX 114 — Perkins 17, Chua 17, Wright 16, Jazul 14, Melecio 11, Banchero 10, Garcia 8, Manuel 7, Muyang 5, Pascual 4, Rios 3, Calisaan 0.
BLACKWATER 92 — Tolomia 23, Magat 14, Daquioag 10, Golla 8, Enciso 6, Cruz 6, Escoto 6, Canaleta 4, Desiderio 4, Amer 3, Dennison 2, Torralba 0, Paras 0.
Quarters: 22-29, 52-50, 82-68, 114-92.