Borboran's heroics cap a Phoenix shocker over Globalport
Paul Lintag on Dec 28, 2016 06:48 PM
PHOENIX RISING. Mark Borboran led a 26-point comeback for the Fuel Masters to stun Globalport.
Mark Borboran came through when it mattered most.
The former Red Warrior, who was part of the UE team that swept the UAAP elimination round almost a decade ago, led a furious Phoenix rally in the fourth quarter to stun Globalport in the 2017 PBA Philippine Cup, 101-99, Wednesday at the Cuneta Astrodome.
Borboran picked up Simon Enciso's three-point miss and made the game-winning putback for the Fuel Masters with 2.4 seconds to go, completing a comeback from as much as 26 points down and outscoring the Batang Pier, 40-15, in the last 12 minutes.
Trailing 71-87 early in the fourth, Borboran scored 10 straight points for Phoenix to cut the deficit to 13 with four minutes to go.
His scoring outburst was the core of a 26-4 run for the Fuel Masters capped by a JC Intal layup that eventually gave the lead for Phoenix with 55 seconds left, 97-96.
Terrence Romeo made three free trows to tie the game for the last time at 99-all before Borboran made the miracle play on the other end. Romeo missed another three at the buzzer to seal the win for Phoenix, their second straight following back-to-back defeats by a combined 63 points.
"We made some adjustments in the fourth quarter, good thing we had some stops. JC [Intal] and Borbs [Borboran] were big down the stretch," head coach Ariel Vanguardia said.
As it stands the Fuel Masters ended the year with a 4-3 record, tied with Blackwater for third best in the All-Filipino.
Borbordan ended up with a career-high 23 points and eight rebounds for Phoenix while rookie Matthew Wright added 19 points and nine boards. Simon Enciso came off the bench and scored 14.
Romeo, who was having an incredible game before going firing blanks in the fourth, finished with 32 points and nine assists.
After a close first quarter, Globalport opened the game wide open with a combined 62 points in the middle periods with Romeo scoring and passing almost at will. The Batang Pier were on their way to an easy win after opening up a 26-point lead following a KG Canaleta three before suddenly going cold, allowing for Phoenix to snatch the victory.
After a 3-1 start, Globalport is now back to .500 after back-to-back defeats.
PHOENIX 101 - Borboran 23, Wright 19, Enciso 14, Intal 9, Baguio 7, J. Wilson 7, Alolino 6, Torres 5, Lanete 5, Caperal 4, Hayes 2, W. Wilson 0.
GLOBALPORT 99 - Romeo 32, Pringle 15, Pennisi 12, Quinahan 10, Pessumal 10, Canaleta 8, Mamaril 4, Maierhofer 4, Cortez 4, Aban 0.
Quarterscores: 20-22, 42-53, 61-84, 101-99
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