PBA: Abueva hands Phoenix its 5th straight win
Paul Lintag on Feb 08, 2019 06:38 PM
WIth 2.3 seconds to go and NLEX with one final shot to steal the win, the Road Warriors found Bong Galanza momentarily open for the game winner. He was blocked by Calvin Abueva. (PBA Images)
It wasn’t flawless but the Pulse Fue Masters got the job done nonetheless.
Phoenix extended its franchise-best start to five games, taking care of NLEX, 83-82 , Friday in the 2019 PBA Philippine Cup at the MOA Arena.
Losing an early 17-point lead, the Fuel Masters had to come back from an 11-point deficit to keep their undefeated start going.
Phoenix came through in the fourth period anew to rise to a clean 5-0, maintaining pole position in the All-Filipino.
WIth 2.3 seconds to go and NLEX with one final shot to steal the win, the Road Warriors found Bong Galanza momentarily open for the game winner.
He was blocked by Calvin Abueva.
“Talagang depensa na,” head coach Louie Alas said.
“kahapon pa, yung mga pre-game interview, I told them na it’ll be a tough game kasi meron silang apat na reliable big man,” he added.
True enough, Phoenix had trouble with JR Quinahan and Poy Erram down the middle.
Still, the Big 3 for the Pulse Fuel Masters delivered the goods, recovering in time during the second half to get the victory.
Matthew Wright led the way with 17 points, seven in the fourth, on top of six assists.
Jason Perkins (14 points and 11 rebounds) and Calvin Abueva (13 points and 11 rebounds) both finished with double-doubles.
For NLEX, Quinahan ed the way with 14 points whie Galanza was good for 12.
JP Erram dropped 11 points and 15 rebounds. NLEX went down to 2-4 in the standings following the defeat which snapped a previous two-game run.
Phoenix (83) - Wright 17, Perkins 14, Abueva 13, Mendoza 8, Jazul 8, Chua 6, Mallari 6, Revilla 3, Kramer 2, Marcelo 2, Napoles 2, Dennison 2, Gamboa 0.
NLEX (82) - Quinahan 14, Galanza 12, Erram 11, Fonacier 9, Baguio 9, Lao 8, Ighalo 6, Porter 6, Paniamogan 5, Taulava 2, Tiongson 0, Magat 0, Tallo 0.
Quarterscores: 24-12; 45-44; 67-70; 83-82
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