Phoenix Fuel Masters second half surge tows them past GlobalPort
MANILA, Philippines－ Down by 15 in the first half, the Phoenix Fuel Masters turned the tables as a third quarter surge provided them with a 84-72 victory against the GlobalPort Batang Pier in the 2017 PBA Commissioner’s Cup on Friday, May 5 at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum.
The Batang Pier kept Phoenix at bay for the whole of the first half, but soon fizzled out as they failed to keep pace with the Fuel Masters’ 30-point outburst in the 3rd quarter.
Jameel McKay dished out 22 markers to go with 20 rebounds and a block, while RJ Jazul became the 4th quarter hero as he finished with 21 points on 8-of-16 shooting and 4 boards.
Stanley Pringle anchored his squad with 25 points, 9 boards, and 6 dimes, while Malcolm White delivered a 16-point, 8-rebound performance for Batang Pier, who turned the ball over 27 times throughout the match.
The game likewise marked the return of Fil-Am guard Josh Urbiztondo to the Philippine turf after a noteworthy stint as an import of Singapore Slingers in the Asean Basketball League (ABL). Urbiztondo, 34, propelled the Slingers all the way to the ABL Finals yet found his team losing the crown to the Hong Kong Eastern Long Lions.
After the overseas call, the veteran playmaker jumped right back into the Batang Pier lineup, with Terrence Romeo already gearing up with Gilas for the SEABA Championships next week.
Urbiztondo wound up scoreless in over 11 minutes of action, but dished out two boards and two assists.
The Fuel Masters, who continue to miss the services of Matthew Wright, rise to a 4-5 slate.－Rappler.com
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