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Phoenix continues to roll, mauls Mahindra

By Ivan Saldajeno

PASAY—Phoenix's impressive start in the PBA Philippine Cup continued on Sunday night with a 114-104 rout of slumping Mahindra at the Mall of Asia Arena.

The Fuel Masters broke away late in the first quarter and led by as much as 30, 105-75, early in the fourth.

The Floodbusters had one final push, going on a 29-6 run to cut the lead to seven, 111-104, with less than a minute left in the game, but it turned out to be a little too late.

JC Intal led Phoenix, which notched back-to-back wins after a season-opening loss with 24 points on 6-of-9 shooting from deep with seven rebounds, while Matt Wright added 21 points on 5-of-9 shooting from long range.

Alex Mallari tallied 19 markers for Mahindra.

Box Scores:

Phoenix 114-Intal 24, Wright 21, Caperal 12, Enciso 12, Alolino 10, Baguio 10, Torres 8, Lanete 7, Borboran 4, W. Wilson 3, Miranda 2, Javillonar 1, Hayes 0, J. Wilson 0

Mahindra 104-Mallari 19, Paniamogan 15, AraƱa 12, Eriobu 12, Yee 11, Apinan 10, Celda 10, Nimes 6, Guevarra 5, Escoto 2, Revilla 2, Ballesteros 0, Deutchman 0, Salva 0

Quarterscores: 32-23, 60-43, 95-68, 114-104

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