Ugly halftime sparks Phoenix's comeback against Global
Paul Lintag on May 05, 2017 06:34 PM
Import Jameel McKay sparked the run for the Fuel Masters in the third period, scoring 13 points including a buzzer-beater that finally gave the lead to Phoenix.
It was a quick turnaround for Phoenix.
After losing a tough one to Meralco Wednesday, the Fuel Masters completed an incredible comeback against Globalport Friday, scoring a crucial 84-72 win over the Batang Pier in the 2017 PBA Commissioner's Cup at the Big Dome.
Down by as much as 15 points in the first half, Phoenix went on a 28-point turnaround to stun Globalport and improve to 4-5 for the mid-season joust.
Import Jameel McKay sparked the run for the Fuel Masters in the third period, scoring 13 points including a buzzer-beater that finally gave the lead to Phoenix, 57-55.
RJ Jazul then took over in the fourth as the Fuel Masters strenghtened their chances of advancing to the quarterfinals.
With offense being hard to come by for the second straight game, Phoenix head coach Ariel Vanguardia was absolutely irate at halftime. Fortunately for him, the Fuel Masters redeemed themselves after the break.
"At the half I was really pissed on how we were playing individual basketball. I was just on them like to show some pride and just play. They were just letting Globalport do whatever they want in the first half," he said.
"They answered teh call and we got ourselves this victory," Vanguardia added
McKay led the Fuel Masters with 22 points and 20 rebounds while Jazul added 21 on 50 percent shooting from the field.
Stanley Pringle's 25 points led Globalport but the Batang Pier ran out of steam as early as the second quarter when the team only managed to put up eight points on the board as a whole.
Import Malcolm White added 16 points and eight boards for the now 2-6 Global.
PHOENIX 84 - McKay 22, Jazul 21, Baguio 8, Lanete 6, Eriobu 6, Torres 5, Borboran 4, Alolino 4, Dehesa 4, Kramer 2, W. Wilson 2, Intal 0, J. Wilson 0.
GLOBALPORT 72 - Pringle 25, White 16, Cortez 12, Aban 7, Quinahan 4, Forrester 3, Pessumal 3, Mamaril 2, Maierhofer 0, Ababou 0, Urbiztondo 0.
Quarterscores: 14-28, 27-36, 57-55, 84-72.
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