|John Fields found the needed support this time around as Columbian downs Phoenix on Sunday. PBA Media Burea|
By Ricky Manliguis
QUEZON CITY— Columbian Dyip revived its flickering playoff hopes as it turned back Phoenix, 115-107, in the first game of Sunday action of the Honda PBA Commissioner’s Cup at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
John Fields found ample support from the local crew in the final quarter as it chalked up its fourth win in nine outings while dealing the Fuel Masters its third straight loss and a 3-5 record.
After a slim 73-75 deficit at the start of the fourth quarter, Eric Camson set the tone early with six straight points for a 79-75 edge, before Fields teammed up with the troika of Rashwan McCarthy, Jerramy King, and Glenn Khobuntin for a 13-point bubble, 112-99.
Glenn Khobuntin had a big time with 18 points. PBA Media Bureau
Fields had his usual numbers of 29 points and 26 rebounds plus six assists, a steal, and a block. Khobuntin finished with 18 markers with four boards and two dimes.
King finally got his groove back with a double-double of 15 points and 10 rebounds plus five assists and two steals. McCarthy also had 15 with eight assists.
Camson and Ronald Tubid were the other double-figure scorers with 13 and 10, respectively.
Eugene Phelps paced Phoenix 34 points, 22 rebounds and three blocks but had nine turnovers. Matthew Wright had 32 while Jayson Perkins chipped in 14 markers.
Columbian 115 - Fields 29, Khobuntin 18, King 15, McCarthy 15, Camson 10, Escoto 6, Ababou 3, Corpuz 2, Sara 2, Cahilig 2, Celda 0
Phoenix 107 - Phelps 34, Wright 32, Perkins 14, Revilla 5, Intal 5, Wilson 5, Chan 4, Kramer 2, Chua 2, Jazul 2, Mendoza 2, Dehesa 0, Gamboa 0
Quarterscores: 29-17, 48-44, 75-73, 115-107