Phoenix scores impressive first win to open Governors' Cup

Paul Lintag on Jul 19, 2017 06:53 PM
Phoenix scores impressive first win to open Governors' Cup
Phelps, who is making his third stint for Phoenix since last season, anchored the offense, going for 33 points, 14 rebounds, and three blocks.

Eugene Phelps didn't score 50+ plus points this time around but "El Destructor" once again made sure Phoenix is off to a good start with him around.

The Fuel Masters scored a convincing 118-105 win over the re-branded Kia Picanto Wednesday at the Big Dome, opening the 2017 PBA Governors' Cup with a nice 1-0 record.

Phelps, who is making his third stint for Phoenix since last season, anchored the offense, going for 33 points, 14 rebounds, and three blocks.

In his previous two debut games for Phoenix, El Destructor dropped 52 and 53 points respectively, both wins.

"Good start for us. We broke our losing streak from last conference which started with a Mahindra loss," head coach Ariel Vanguardia said.

"We had a chance to be number six and we lost to Mahindra and NLEX. That really derailed us last conference," he added, talking about how the Fuel Masters missed out on a more favorable seeding in the Commissioner's Cup, settling for seventh place and a date against eventual champion San Miguel instead.

In control all game long, Phoenix stepped on the gas in the fourth period, taking a 15-point lead to finally put the game on ice.

Aside from Phelps, six locals scored at least eight points for the Fuel Masters led by JC Intal and RJ Jazul who dropped 19 and 18 points respectively.

The Picanto, who are once again under the Kia branding after spending time as Mahindra, got 31 points from import Markeith Cummings.

 

The scores:

PHOENIX 118 - Phelps 33, Intal 19, Jazul 18, Eriobu 12, Baguio 11, Dehesa 9, Alolino 8, W. Wilson 4, Kramer 2, J. Wilson 2, Lanete 0, Hayes 0, Borboran 0, Miranda 0.

KIA 105 - Cummings 31, Galanza 15, Jaime 11, Revilla 10, Paniamogan 9, Caperal 8, Khobuntin 7, Teng 5, Corpuz 4, Celda 3, Camson 2, Ballesteros 0, Elorde 0, Salva 0.

Quarters: 33-24, 57-48, 83-75, 118-105.

 

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