Time for the Fuel Masters to rise from the ashes

ABS-CBN Sports on Dec 13, 2017 06:54 PM
Time for the Fuel Masters to rise from the ashes
Phoenix is thinking big with its new faces calling the shots and playing the game

After two years in the PBA, Phoenix is yet to move past the quarterfinals.

More than that, the Fuel Masters are also yet to have a final record that breaks the .500 mark.

Enter new head coach Louie Alas and assistant coach Topex Robinson who hope to bring along their success to the now third-year franchise.

“We are determined to win. That’s why we enlisted two new coaches in long-time deputy Louie Alas and NCAA achiever Topex Robinson,” alternate team governor Raymond Zorilla said.

Before moving to Phoenix, Alas and Robinson were part of the staff for Alex Compton in Alaska which had gone to four straight Finals.

The two have also had success in the collegiate ranks with Alas having led Colegio de San Juan de Letran to several championships and Robinson having led Lyceum of the Philippines University to legitimate contention.

The new head coach and his first lieutenant will still have Jeff Chan, JC Intal, and Matthew Wright showing the way.

For them to find better success, however, team management also drafted Jason Perkins and traded for LA Revilla. “We drafted Perkins and made some trades for players who would give us good, quality minutes,” Zorilla said.

That is exactly why the Fuel Masters are nothing but upbeat that they can better their subpar standings from a year ago – 6-5 in the Philippine Cup, 4-7 in the Commissioner’s Cup, and 2-9 in the Governor’s Cup. “We’re not just sitting idle, we’re not just sitting to lose. We’re aiming to win,” Zorilla expressed.

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