Phoenix seals twice-to-beat with rousing win over San Miguel

Delfin Dioquino
Phoenix seals twice-to-beat with rousing win over San Miguel
The Fuel Masters head into the quarterfinals as the No. 1 team after ending the Beermen's four-game winning streak

MANILA, Philippines – Phoenix proved it’s no fluke after pulling off a 96-93 escape over reigning four-time champion San Miguel in the 2019 PBA Philippine Cup at the Panabo Multi-Purpose Center in Davao on Saturday, March 16. 

Banking on Matthew Wright and Jason Perkins in crunchtime, Phoenix will head into the quarterfinals as the No. 1 team with a 9-2 record and twice-to-beat incentive to boot.

Wright, who finished with 25 points and 6 rebounds, and Perkins, who had 10 markers and 10 boards, scored 3 each in the win-clinching 6-3 spurt as the Fuel Masters ended the Beermen’s four-game winning streak. 

It was a tied game with less than two minutes left before Wright drained a big triple with 1:16 minutes left to give Phoenix a 93-90 lead. 

Perkins then drilled in a tough fallaway jumper for a five-point Fuel Masters advantage, but Arwind Santos quickly answered with a triple with 31 seconds remaining for the Beermen, 93-95. 

An Alex Mallari turnover lifted the San Miguel’s hopes of a comeback only to witness Alex Cabagnot turn the ball over right after as Pekins stretched Phoenix’s lead back to 3 points by splitting his freebies. 

With 6 seconds left, the Beermen had enough time to fire a game-tying triple but Terrence Romeo muffed his shot from long range. 

Alex Mallari delivered 12 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists while Justin Chua and Doug Kramer chipped in 9 points apiece and conjoined for 11 rebounds in the win. 

June Mar Fajardo was a force inside but his 29-point, 12-rebound and 2-block outing was not enough as San Miguel slipped to 4th place behind a 6-4 record. 

Cabagnot had 17 points, 5 rebounds and 2 steals, Arwind Santos chalked up 14 points, 10 rebounds and 4 blocks while Romeo put up 15 points in the losing effort. 

The Scores

Phoenix 96 – Wright 25, Mallari 12, Perkins 10, Chua 9, Kramer 9, Jazul 8, Dennison 7, Revilla 5, Mendoza 4, Abueva 4, Marcelo 3.

San Miguel 93 – Fajardo 29, Cabagnot 17, Romeo 15, Santos 14, Lassiter 7, Nabong 5, Ross 4, Pessumal 2, Mamaril 0, Tubid 0, Rosser 0.

Quarters: 33-19, 49-46, 74-70, 96-93.

Rappler.com

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Delfin Dioquino

Delfin Dioquino dreamt of being a PBA player, but he did not have the skills to make it. So he pursued the next best thing to being an athlete – to write about them. He took up journalism at the University of Santo Tomas and joined Rappler as soon as he graduated in 2017.