Phoenix holds off Blackwater to grab fourth straight win

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Phoenix continued their undefeated streak as they defeated Blackwater, 114-95, in their PBA Philippine Cup showdown Friday at the Ynares Center in Antipolo City.

The Fuel Masters set the tone early as they went on a 14-0 run late in the first quarter. The onslaught continued in the third period as they established their biggest lead of the game at 37, 85-48, after RJ Jazul knocked down a three-pointer.

The Elite tried to mount a comeback as Paul Desiderio’s free throw cut the lead down to 14, 101-87, late in the fourth quarter. That was the closest that they would get as Phoenix held on for the victory.

Calvin Abueva had a monster performance with 22 points and 14 rebounds to lead the Fuel Masters, while Matthew Wright added 19 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists.

Abu Tratter paced Blackwater with 24 points and 8 rebounds as they fell to 1-3.

“I don’t know kung anong nakain ng shooters ko. And 56 percent yung field goal namin sa first half. That’s the game,” quipped Phoenix head coach Louie Alas.

THE SCORES:

Phoenix 114 – Abueva 22, Wright 19, Perkins 15, Chua 12, Mallari 12, Jazul 11, Mendoza 10, Intal 3, Kramer 3, Dennison 3, Revilla 2, Napoles 2, Marcelo 0, Guevarra 0, Gamboa 0

Blackwater 95 – Tratter 24, Belo 13, Maliksi 12, Desiderio 12, Javier 8, DiGregorio 5, Cortez 5, Palma 4, Dario 4, Banal 3, Sumang 2, Eriobu 2, Sena 1, Jose 0, Alolino 0

Quarterscores: 37-18, 66-42, 90-62, 114-95

(Image from PBA Media Bureau)
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