PHOENIX routed Globalport, 135-108, to end an alarming losing streak and keep its quarterfinal hopes alive in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup on Wednesday at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
The Fuel Masters dominated the Batang Pier with a sustained offensive from start to finish as they ended their 4-game losing skid.
The Fuel Masters notched what was only their fourth win in 10 outings to remain in contention, possibly for the 8th and last quarterfinal berth.
They would bolster their chances further if they win their last outing, but there’s no doubt they need the same intensity because they have Alaska as their opponent in the penultimate playdate of the elimination on July 6.
The Batang Pier tumbled to their fifth loss in nine games and may have to sweep their last two assignments to avoid getting bumped off from the playoff circle.
For all purposes and intents, the Fuel Masters settled the issue right in the middle of the opening quarter when they turned a shaky 15-7 lead to a 33-15 spread, thanks to Eugene Phelps, Matthew Wright, RJ Jazul and Jason Perkins who alternated on offense.
The lead snowballed to 21 points (51-30) on RJ Jazul’s technical freethrow, and at 22 points on Justin Chua’s basket early in the second quarter.
The Batang Pier had their own counter offensive anchored on Sean Anthony, Malcolm White and Stanley Pringle to move a little closer, 60-45, but the Fuel Masters quickly came up with a retaliation to hit the turn with a 70-51 lead.
Phoenix (135) – Phelps 37, Wright 24, Perkins 13, Jazul 11, Revilla 9, Intal 9, Gamboa 9, Kramer 6, Wilson 6, Dehesa 4, Guevarra 3, Chua 2, Mendoza 2, Eriobu 0.
GlobalPort (108) – White 24, Anthony 15, Pringle 14, Javelona 10, Pringle 9, Grey 9, Elorde 9, Guinto 8, Arana 7, Tautuaa 6, Gabayni 2, Flores 2, Nabong 1, Bulawan 0.
Quarters: 41-22, 70-51, 107-77, 135-108.