Phelps still destructive despite playing on borrowed time
Paul Lintag on Mar 18, 2017 07:52 PM
Playing what would have been his first and only game in the 2017 PBA Commissioner's Cup, El Destructor was still... well, destructive in favor of Phoenix.
Due to an earlier commitment with the team Brujos de Guayama in Puerto Rico's premier basketball league, Eugene Phelps is on borrowed time for Phoenix in the 2017 PBA Commissioner's Cup.
It's still unclear exactly how many games Phelps is going to play for the Fuel Masters in the mid-season conference but if El Destructor is already on his way out, he left quite an impression in his short return to the Philippines.
Phelps scored a new PBA career-high of 53 points and grabbed 21 rebounds Saturday, leading Phoenix to a hard-fought 118-116 double-overtime victory over the Blackwater Elite.
It was a nice way for Phelps to reacquaint himself in the PBA especially since he dropped 52 points in his league debut during the 2016 Governors' Cup.
"My teammates and coaches, they were running plays for me and thank God I was making my shots," Phelps said after his almost 55-minute effort.
"It's my only game here so I had to make a good appearance and win for the team," he added, saying that he might already take his flight home as early as tomorrow to rest and prepare for Puerto Rico.
Already signed to Brujos three months ago, Phelps made a quick stop for the Philippines after Phoenix head coach Ariel Vanguardia came calling.
He went straight here after wrapping up a previous stint in Taiwan.
"I already signed but coach Ariel hit me up right after Taiwan and asked me if I could come in for like a game or two. That's my guy so I told him I got no problem and I'm here. Thank God we got the win," he said.
While Phelps is already on the impression that he's leaving for home, nothing is set in stone yet as the Fuel Masters have another game on Wednesday, March 22, against the Star Hotshots.
"Di pa sure yan," Vanguardia said with regards to Phelps status over the next couple of days.
One thing that is a litte more sure though is that El Destructor is all but set for a Governors' Cup return later this year.
"I should be back for the third conference if everything goes to plan so we'll see what happens," Phelps said.
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