PBA: Phelps scores 51 as Fuel Masters demolish NLEX by 26 points
Paul Lintag on Oct 10, 2018 06:49 PM
Phoenix was completely dominant in this game, leading by as many as 38 points in the first half alone. That pretty much wrapped things up as the Road Warriors didn't exactly put up a better fight in the second half. (PBA)
Big bounce back win for Phoenix.
The Fuel Masters moved closer to the 2018 PBA Governors' Cup playoffs after destroying the NLEX Road Warriors, 123-97, Wednesday at the Cuneta Astrodome.
Phoenix was completely dominant in this game, leading by as many as 38 points in the first half alone. That pretty much wrapped things up as the Road Warriors didn't exactly put up a better fight in the second half. The Fuel Masters largest lead was 41 early in the third period.
With the win, the Fuel Masters improved to 6-2 in the standings while NLEX dropped to 4-4 following the loss.
"Good bounce back game, kasi yung post game namin against Ginebra... one possession game lang yun eh. Instead of berating them, I told them na do not lose two in a row," head coach Louie Alas said.
"True enough ginawa naman nila. So we're back," he added.
Eugene Phelps recorded his second 50-point outing this conference, dominating with 51 points and 20 rebounds in the victory.
El Destructor already had 28 by halftime as Phoenix led, 71-33.
Calvin Abueva added 17 points for the Fuel Masters while Matthew Wright finished with 10 points.
Phoenix pulled away late in the first quarter, taking advantage of NLEX's cold shooting and Phelps' hot hand. El Destructor outscored the Road Warriors by himself in the opening period, 19-18.
Things got out of hand in the second quarter as the Fuel Masters dropped a 37-15 bomb.
Import Aaron Fuller led NLEX with 38 points.
PHOENIX 123 - Phelps 51, Abueva 17, Wright 10, Perkins 9, Wilson 8, Intal 7, Revilla 5, Eriobu 3, Mendoza 3, Guevarra 3, Jazul 3, Gamboa 2, Chua 2, Alolino 0, Kramer 0.
NLEX 97 - Fuller 38, Galanza 13, Fonacier 10, Tiongson 6, Monfort 5, Ighalo 4, Quinahan 4, Miranda 3, Rios 3, Baguio 3, Marcelo 3, Tallo 3, Soyud 2, Paniamogan 0, Taulava 0.
QUARTERS: 34-18, 71-33, 94-67, 123-97.
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