Phoenix destroys Kia in Antipolo

Paul Lintag on Dec 27, 2017 06:51 PM
Phoenix destroys Kia in Antipolo
Kia's unconventional style of basketball was no match against the hot hands of the Fuel Masters

ANTIPOLO, Rizal --- Phoenix is having none of Kia's unconventional style of basketball.

The Fuel Masters caught fire early and dominated all the way to a convincing 125-102 victory over the Picanto Wednesday in the 2018 Philippine Cup at the Ynares Center here.

Behind a balanced attack, Phoenix led by as many as 26 points before picking up its first win of the season. It was also the first win of coach Louie Alas as chief mentor of the Fuel Masters.

It was also Phoenix's first PBA win since July 22 against Alaska in the 2017 Governors' Cup and the team lost 10 straight games over the court of two separate seasons since.

"Actually, last 10 days, yung excitement, di nawawala kasi we’re on a 10-game losing streak. Sabi sa akin, coach, sana manalo na tayo next game," head coach Louie Alas said.

"But Kia is no pushover. Based sa game nila against NLEX, it will not be easy. Hanggang last buzzer naman, naglaro ang players namin. against Kia, sabi ko di kami pwedeng pumunta sa game na expecting na mananalo. From this moment, we just have to practice as hard as we can and tignan natin yung pinakamagandang individual defense, ilabas natin against Kia kasi very talented sila individually," he added.

Eight players scored in double figures for Phoenix led by the trio of Matthew Wright, JC Intal, and Justin Chua who all scored 15 points each.

Gelo Alolino and RJ Jazul both added 13 points apiece while rookie Jason Perkins had 12 points and nine rebounds.

Taking a double-digit lead right in the opening period, Phoenix started to put the game away as a 10-0 run in the first half opened up a 20-point lead, 41-21.

Kia, who now dropped to 0-2 for the season, got 22 points from Rashawn McCarthy.

The Scores:

PHOENIX 125 — Intal 15, Chua 15, Wright 15, Alolino 13, Jazul 13, Perkins 12, Kramer 12, Eriobu 11, Dehesa 7, Gamboa 6, Revilla 6, Cortes 0, Guevarra 0, Wilson 0. 

KIA 102 — McCarthy 22, Camson 15, Paniamogan 13, Corpuz 12, Reyes 11, Galanza 7, Ababou 7, Jamon 5, Yee 4, Khobuntin 3, Celda 2, Sara 0. 

Quarters: 24-14, 53-40, 88-69, 125-102.



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