PBA: The road gets tougher for Fuel Masters

Mark Escarlote on Sep 23, 2018 09:07 PM
PBA: The road gets tougher for Fuel Masters
Phoenix zooms to its third straight win and a hold of the solo second spot but its journey to secure a twice-to-beat advantage is far from over.

Phoenix head coach Louie Alas knows the road will get tougher as they go deeper into the 2018 PBA Governors’ Cup.

With the Fuel Masters looking to secure a top four elimination round finish to secure a twice-to-beat advantage in the quarterfinals, Alas knows that from here on out they must win as many games as they can in their remaining five assignments.

The Fuel Masters climbed to solo second spot after claiming their third straight win over Magnolia, 95-82, Sunday at the Big Dome.

Phoenix moved behind unbeaten Blackwater (4-0) with a 5-1 win-loss record.   

Still, Alas doesn’t want to take his chances especially with the tournament’s format.

“Hindi mo pa rin masasabi kasi dami namin sa taas e,” he said. “Puro one game lang behind sa amin.”

“Iba ‘yung format ngayon. One to four is twice-to-beat,” added Alas. “So win as much as you can kahit nasa playoffs ka na.”

The Fuel Masters’ difficult road ahead will start Saturday against Barangay Ginebra in Cagayan De Oro.  

“Puro malakas (na ang kalaban) starting on Saturday against Ginebra,” he said.

The Gin Kings are playing limp with a string of injuries but Alas is wary on Ginebra’s never-say-die spirit.

“Ginebra alam mo naman ‘yan next man up ‘yan. Kahit five guys lang si coach Tim (Cone) maglalaro at maglalaro,” said Alas. “One breakdown lang sa depensa kaya natalo (against Blackwater last Friday), meaning kahit depleted sila kailangan A-game namin dalhin pa rin namin.”

“So we’ll be tested again on Saturday,” he added.

The match is slated to begin at 5:00 p.m.



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