• Phoenix batters Blackwater in Antipolo

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    Import Eugene Phelps powered Phoenix Petroleum’s 93-81 victory over Blackwater for its fifth win in the Philippine Basketball Association Season 41 Governors’ Cup on Wednesday at the Ynares Sports Center in Antipolo City.

    Known as “El Destructor” in Central America, Phelps sizzled with 29 points, 26 rebounds and four assists to lead the Fuel Masters to a third consecutive win.

    “We’ll take this win,” Phoenix coach Ariel Vanguardia told reporters during the postgame interview. “It wasn’t a quality game for us, it’s the lowest assist total we had. My point guards are like a box of chocolates.”

    “If teams will pressure us the whole game, we’ll struggle. I’m challenging my point guards to lead this team. Phelps is given by God to us. We know Cyrus (Baguio) slowly but surely, he’ll give us stability,” added Vanguardia

    Mark Borboran posted 15 points plus six rebounds, Simon Enciso had 12 points, Ronjay Buenafe had eight points while swingman Cyrus Baguio contributed 10 points to help the Fuel Masters improved its win-loss record to 5-4. Phoenix is occupying the No. 6 spot.

    Phoenix was leading 19-8 early in the first quarter but Blackwater closed the gap in the second canto, 33-31. Phelp’s dunk shot stretched the Fuel Masters’ lead 47-41 at halftime.

    Phoenix never relinquished the lead beginning the second half. The Fuel Masters dominated the Elite in rebound (54-40), three-point shooting (7-5) as well as assists and blocks (5-4).

    Rookie Art Dela Cruz and guard Carlo Lastimosa scored 18 points apiece. New Blackwater import Keala King finished with only 14 points and eight boards in his debut game in the PBA.

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