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Fuel Masters pummel Kia Picanto in PBA Gov’s Cup opener

Phoenix Fuel reinforcement Eugene Phelps pulls up for a jumper over three Kia players in this piece of PBA action. 

By Ricky Manliguis

MANILA—Eugene Phelps continued his monstrous ways, while RJ Jazul ignited a lategame push as Phoenix Petroleum made its presence felt right away, thwarting Kia Picanto, 118-105, in the opening match of the season-ending PBA Governors’ Cup Wednesday at the Smart Araneta Coliseum in Quezon City.

Phelps, back from his tour of duty in Puerto Rico, powered his way anew with33 points and 14 rebounds for the Fuel Masters, which snapped its three-game losing streak dating back to last conference.

Jazul, on the other hand, fired 18 points with half of them coming from a pivotal run that extinguished the Picanto’s endgame push. His triple on the 5:43 mark of the final canto gave Phoenix a 100-86 lead for the icing on the cake.

The boys of Coach Ariel Vanguardia played without star guardMatthew Wright, who is still in Taiwan with the Gilas Pilipinas squad seeing action in the Jones Cup.

“Good start for us. We broke our losing streak from last conference which started with the Mahindra loss. Payback nga eh,” Vanguardia said.

JC Intal had 19 points forPhoenix, while Joseph Eriobu and Cyrus were the other double-digit providers with 12 and 11 in that order.

Come- backing Markeith Cummings paced the Picanto with 31 points and 10,while Bong Galanza chipped in 15.  

The scores:
Phoenix 118 – Phelps 33, Intal 19, Jazul 18, Eriobu 12, Baguio 11, Dehesa 9, Alolino 8, W. Wilson 4, Kramer 2, J. Wilson 2, Lanete 0, Hayes 0, Borboran 0, Miranda 0.

KIA 105 – Cummings 31, Galanza 15, Jaime 11, Revilla 10, Paniamogan 9, Caperal 8, Khobuntin 7, Teng 5, Corpuz 4, Celda 3, Camson 2, Ballesteros 0, Elorde 0, Salva 0.

Quarters: 33-24, 57-48, 83-75, 118-105.

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