PBA: Calvin hits winner and Phoenix survives Meralco in OT

Paul Lintag on Jan 16, 2019 09:55 PM
PBA: Calvin hits winner and Phoenix survives Meralco in OT
Calvin Abueva for the win.

A win is a win.

Phoenix had to scratch its way to victory Wednesday in the 2019 PBA Philippine Cup, needing extra five minutes to escape Meralco, 93-92, at the Big Dome.

Down one with 11 seconds to go after a booming three pointer from Chris Newsome on the other end, the Fuel Masters were saved by Calvin Abueva after the Beast connected on a putback with four seconds to go.

Meralco then went the length off the floor to try and steal the win back but the Pulse Fuel Masters were able to set a decent defensive stand, forcing Newsome to shoot from near halfcourt to no avail.

“Really, patience is a virtue. Di ba the whole game si Calvin, hindi ko sinasabing masama yung laro. Actually, understatement eh, yung masama. Walang shinoot,” head coach Louie Alas said.

“But I have to give credit din sa resiliency ng mga players ko. We just have to finish it. Kahit ilang overtime mangyari,” he added.

Phoenix actually started strong defensively, limiting Meralco on only nine points in the opening period.

The Pulse Fuel Masters led by as many as 18 points in the second quarter but similar to the team’s final game last season, also against Meralco, the Bolts slowly fought back to take the lead late.

This time however, Phoenix would pull out a victory to save themselves from another collapse.

Justin Chua had himself a game, finishing with a career-high 24 points while Matthew Wright added 18 points. Reigning Rookie of the Year Jason Perkins scored 13 before fouling out.

Abueva scored nine points, scoring his only two field goals in overtime.

For the Bolts, it was Nico Salva that led the way with 22 points while Chris Newsome scored 20, including two clutch three-pointers that sadly didn’t lead to a Meralco win.


The Scores:

Phoenix 93 - Chua 24, Wright 18, Perkins 13, Mallari 11, Abueva 9, Intal 8, Marcelo 6, Kramer 2, Jazul 2, Revilla 0, Mendoza 0, Gamboa 0, Dennison 0.

Meralco 92 - Salva 22, Newsome 20, Amer 10, De Ocampo 10, Hugnatan 9, Hodge 8, Faundo 4, Pinto 3, Dillinger 2, Tolomia 2, Quinto 2, Jackson 0, Jamito 0, Canaleta 0, Car 0.

Quarters: 23-9, 41-34, 64-60, 83-83, 93-92.


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