Phoenix turns Batang Pier down in comeback effort, 84-72

By Angelo Acosta

MANILA--RJ Jazul bounced back from his cold display on their last game against Meralco where they suffered a defeat.

Phoenix oach Ariel Vanguardia told RJ Jazul to step up because they only had a day to prepare prior to the game.

The offensive prowess then dropped 21 points, sinking eight of his 16 attempts as the Fuel Masters beat the struggling GlobalPort Batang Pier, 84-72 this Wednesday at the Big Dome.

Jameel McKay helped Phoenix boost their playoff chances as he poured 22 points and 22 rebounds. 

The Fuel Masters maintained their stance at the playoff race with four wins against five losses.

Meanwhile, GlobalPort took the loss as they turned the ball 27 times in the game mostly in the third period when Phoenix surged.

Stanley Pringle took his team into his shoulders with a game-high 25 points including nine rebounds and six assists, putting a considerably near-triple-double performance.

The Batang Pier held a 15-point lead after Mike Cortez drained multiple triples before the end of the first half before McKay drained a 3 before the buzzer horned.

Phoenix later put a 9-2 run in the opening of the third and played well until the end of the fourth.

Malcolm White only got 16 points and was capped by foul-trouble. He only played limited minutes for the Batang Pier.

The Batang Pier will hope to stay alive with just two wins in eight games, facing two giants San Miguel and the defending champion RoS in their next two games. 

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