Fuel Masters lose 31-point lead but manage to hold on vs. Globalport

Paul Lintag on Mar 02, 2018 07:04 PM
Fuel Masters lose 31-point lead but manage to hold on
Phoenix will now wait if their final standing is 7th, which is good for an automatic quarterfinal berth or tied for 8th, meaning they'll have to go through an additional playoff to advance.

Phoenix is still alive.

The Fuel Masters gave themselves a chance to at least compete for the playoffs, holidng on against Globalport, 104-100, in the 2018 PBA Philippine Cup Friday at the Big Dome.

Phoenix lost a 31-point lead to the Batang Pier and had to scramble in the fourth period just to walk away with the victory.

The Fuel Masters finished the elimination round with a 5-6 record.

Phoenix will now wait if their final standing is 7th, which is good for an automatic quarterfinal berth or tied for 8th, meaning they'll have to go through an additional playoff to advance.

Facing elimination, the Fuel Masters came out firing to start, doubling up on the Batang Pier after the first 12 minutes, 32-16.

At the break, Matthew Wright and Jeff Chan outscored the entire Globalport team, 37-35, as Phoenix took a 28-point lead. A triple to start the second half gave the Fuel Masters a 31-point spread, the largest of the game.

Wright ended up with 32 points to lead Phoenix, 22 in the first half. He also had five rebounds and six assists. Chan added another 18 points.

"Good thing we had a huge lead because we don't know how to finish until now," head coach Louie Alas said.

"Kung di malaki lead namin baka nandun kami sa kabilang side," he added.

Despite taking a loss, the Batang Pier, at 5-6, are sure of the playoffs with a superior quotient although their final seeding is yet to be determined. The PBA's lone neon green team is assured of at least 7th place but they can still rice to no. 6, avoiding an early knockout game in the quarterfinals.

Making his season debut, Terrence Romeo fired 20 points for Global while Sean Anthony added 17 and eight rebounds. Stanley Pringle dropped 16 points on top of 10 assists.

 

The Scores: 

Phoenix (104): Wright 32, Chan 18, Alolino 10, Jazul 10, Wilson 9, Kramer 8, Perkins 7, Eriobu 4, Mendoza 4, Intal 2, Cortes 0, Guevarra 0 

GlobalPort (100): Romeo 20, Anthony 17, Pringle 16, Taha 12, Elorde 12, Grey 9, Gabayni 7, Guinto 6, Flores 1, Sargent 0, Juico 0, Teng 0, Nabong 0

Quarter scores: 32-16, 63-45, 86-67, 104-100

 


--- 

Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8

Latest News