PBA: Phoenix stays perfect after stopping Dyip

Paul Lintag on Jan 23, 2019 07:10 PM
PBA: Phoenix stays perfect after stopping Dyip
Phoenix extended its undefeated start to the PBA’s 44th season, once again taking over solo first place with a clean 3-0 mark. The Dyip dropped to 1-1.

Phoenix stays perfect.

The Pulse Fuel Masters were just always a step ahead of the upstart Columbian Dyip Wednesday, taking a 108-98 victory in the 2019 PBA Philippine Cup at the Big Dome.

Phoenix extended its undefeated start to the PBA’s 44th season, once again taking over solo first place with a clean 3-0 mark. The Dyip dropped to 1-1.

Matthew Wright led the team in scoring again, shooting 50 percent for 22 points. Calvin Abueva added 16 points and nine rebounds while Rookie of the year Jason Perkins posted another double-double, finishing with 14 points and 11 boards.

Phoenix started the game on a 12-0 run and led by as many as 19 points in the first half, 40-21.

However, the Dyip would prove to be pesky and Columbian climbed its way back multiple times.

The Pulse Fuel Masters would have better composure though, regaining control in the second half and weathering any more rallies from Columbian.

“Anyway, pattern na talag sa amin yung pag nagli-lead kami ng double figures, babalik kami sa old habit namin na magre-rely kami sa offensive fire power,” head coach Louie Alas said.

“Sinasabi ko nga sa kanila, manalo tayo because of our defense. Pero siguro bata pa sa ganoong sitwasyon, so i-insist lang namin every game, every practice,” he added.

For the Dyip, JP Calvo led the way with 18 points while Jackson Corpuz and Eric Camson finished with 13 points each.

CJ Perez was good for 10 points and eight rebounds.


The Scores:

Phoenix 108 - Wright 22, Abueva 16, Perkins 14, Intal 13, Revilla 12, Kramer 8, Marcelo 7, Jazul 6, Chua 4, Mendoza 2, Napoles 2, Dennison 2, Mallari 0.

Columbian 98 - Calvo 18, Camson 13, Corpuz 13, McCarthy 10, Perez 10, Reyes 9, Celda 9, Escoto 8, Khobuntin 6, Agovida 2, Cahilig 0, Cabrera 0, Tabi 0.

Quarters: 24-14, 53-47, 82-72, 108-98.

 

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