PHOENIX Fuels exploded in the fourth quarter to subdue Blackwater, 93-81, and put itself well in a position to snatch a quarterfinal berth in the PBA Governors’ Cup last night at the Ynares Center in Antipolo City.
Simon Enciso, Eugene Phelps, Mark Borboran and Josh Urbiztundo alternated in the fourth quarter when the Fuel Masters broke loose from a tight contest to pick up their fifth win in nine outings.
With only four points separating them from the Elite at the end of the third (65-61), the Fuel Masters readily worked out an offensive as they caught the Elite napping on their defense.
In an instant, the Fuel Masters found themselves enjoying a 74-64 lead early in the fourth, thanks to Enciso and Phelps who combined for a quick 9-2 tear.
Blackwater coach Leo Isaac would occasionally sue for time obviously in their bid to stop the snowballing momentum by the Fuel Masters.
But the Fuel Masters, time and again, pounded anew that left the Elite squandering for antidote to the former’s well-oiled offensive.
Still, Phoenix coach Ariel Vanguardia saw the Fuel Masters far from impressive.
“We’ll take this win. It wasn’t a quality game for us it’s the lowest assist total we had,” said Vanguardia after the game.
“Point guards ko, it’s like a box of chocolates. If teams will pressure us the whole game we’ll struggle. Am challenging my point guards to lead this team,” said Vanguardia, even as he issued kind words for import Phelps.
“Hulog ng langit si Phelps. We know Cyrus (Baguio) slowly but surely he’ll give us stability,” he added.
Phoenix (93) - Phelps 29, Borboran 15, Enciso 12, Baguio 10, Buenafe 8, W. Wilson 7, Urbiztondo 6, Caperal 3, Cruz 2, Pennisi 1, Lee 0, Lanete 0, J. Wilson 0, Miranda 0.
Blackwater (81) - Dela Cruz 18, Lastimosa 18, King 14, Pinto 9, Miranda 8, Sena 6, Gamalinda 4, Golla 2, Pascual 2, Eguilos 0, Reyes 0, Sumang 0.
Quarterscores: 25-20, 47-41, 65-61, 93-81