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Merlaco Bolts outlasted Phoenix Fuel Masters to stay unbeaten in the Commissioner’s cup of Philippine Baskeball Association.
The Bolts used a balanced offense to continue their surprise run in the conference. Meralco Bolt’s import, Arinze Onuaku, led the way for the Bolts with 17 points and grabbing 18 boards. He got some good support from the locals too, with rookie, Chris Newsome chipping in 16 points and Gilas guard, Garry David contributing 13 points.
Fuel Masters was leading 12 points at the first half, behind their hot shooting from downtown, who is led by RR Garcia. But, Meralco Bolts fight to erase the 12 point deficit after halftime.
It was a tight game afterwards, with both team answering each others basket. Kelly Nabong sank in a put back to give Meralco Bolts the lead 79-69. With the game tied at 86 with 45.5 seconds left. Jared Dillinger buried a trey to give the Bolts the lead, 89-86.
Phoenix Fuel Master got their chance to tie the game with two seconds left. However, Josh Urbiztondo’s three was contested and blocked by Onuaku. The fuel Masters was lead by RR Garcia who finished with 15 points. 11 came from the first quarter.
New PBA team, Phoenix Fuel Masters notches first franchise win, in their debut game against NLEX Road Warriors 118-106.
The franchise maybe new to the league, but their players are definitely not. Having the core group of former Barako Bull team.The Phoenix Fuel Masters showed evidence of chemistry and was hot from the three point line.
NLEX Road Warriors was leading at the half 47-50. But, Phoenix Fuel Masters, sharp shooter, RR Garcia waxed hot from the outside in the third quarter. Scoring a total of 17 points to finish with 33 points and lead all scorers. NLEX threatened to make a comeback by cutting down Phoenix Fuel Masters lead to six with just less than 4 minutes left in the final period.
But, Phoenix Fuel Masters made a run themselves. RR Garcia continued his hot shooting in the 4th quarter. Import, Andrew Adeleke finish with 18 points and was a monster down low, grabbing 20 rebounds.
Al Thorton lead the way for NLEX Road Warriors with 27 points, while Sean Anthony had a double-double with 19 points and 12 rebounds. Veteran Big Man, Asi Taulave also finished with 18 points.
Phoenix Fuel Masters will make their PBA debut against the NLEX road warriors in PBA Commissioner’s cup at SMART-Araneta Coliseum. They will clash in the opening game at 4:15 in the afternoon.
Before the start of the conference, Phoenix fuel masters was acquired by the Barako Bull franchise. They will still banner the same core of line up that is composed of Gilas player, JC Intal, sweet shooting Chico Lanete, combo guard RR Garcia and the BPC runner up last conference, Willy Wilson. They have also tapped the services of 6’9″ Nigerian big man, Kenny Adeleke.
Meanwhile, NLEX is looking to share early standing leads by shooting for its second straight win. Big man Al Thornton and Asi Taulava will leave the cagers for NLEX Road Warriors.