PBA Philippine Cup

Heroes aplenty as Phoenix crushes Terrafirma for 1st win

Delfin Dioquino
Heroes aplenty as Phoenix crushes Terrafirma for 1st win

BREAKTHROUGH. Jaspn Perkins and the Phoenix Fuel Masters snap out of a rough start.

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Led by Jason Perkins, Phoenix banks on a balanced attack to clobber Terrafirma and barge into the winning column after a 0-2 start

ANTIPOLO, Philippines – Phoenix rolled past injury-plagued Terrafirma, 97-74, to notch its first win in the PBA Philippine Cup at the Ynares Center here on Friday, June 17.

Jason Perkins posted all-around numbers of 17 points, 9 rebounds, and 5 assists in a balanced scoring attack as the Fuel Masters barged into the winning column after a 0-2 start.

Dropping 28 points in a loss to Meralco, Perkins did not need to carry the scoring cudgels, with four of his teammates scoring in double figures.

Matthew Wright churned out 11 points, 10 assists, 5 rebounds, and 4 steals, Javee Mocon produced 10 points and 10 rebounds, while RJ Jazul and Encho Serrano put up 10 points each.

Suiting up in a Phoenix uniform for the first time since his trade from NorthPort, Sean Anthony delivered 9 points, 12 rebounds, and 2 steals in the romp that saw the Fuel Masters leave the Dyip in the dust in the middle quarters.

Phoenix led 18-14 after the opening frame before it pounced on a Terrafirma side missing injured players Ed Daquioag, Isaac Go, and Eric Camson to enjoy a 59-24 advantage – its biggest of the game – in the third period.

The Dyip fought back and narrowed the gap to 14 points in the fourth quarter, but Perkins hit 5 straight points to restore order for the Fuel Masters.

Joseph Gabayni put up 16 points, 9 rebounds, and 4 assists to lead Terrafirma, which remained the only winless team this conference with a 0-3 card.

Aldrech Ramos and Andreas Cahilig had 14 and 10 points, respectively, in the loss.

The Scores

Phoenix 97 – Perkins 17, Wright 11, Serrano 10, Jazul 10, Mocon 10, Anthony 9, Melecio 8, Tio 8, Porter 5, Lalata 5, Garcia 4, Muyang 0, Rios 0.

Terrafirma 74 – Gabayni 16, Ramos 14, Calvo 9, Tiongson 9, Munzon 6, Gomez de Liano 5, Mina 3, Balagasay 2, Grospe 0, Tumalip 0, Enriquez 0.

Quarters: 18-14, 44-24, 71-46, 97-74.

– Rappler.com

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.