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Behind Tyler Tio's career game, Phoenix snaps winless spell, spoils Frankie Lim's NLEX debut

Tyler Tio exploded for a career-high 26 points. PBA Images
By Ivan Saldajeno

PASIG--Phoenix rode on the hot hands of Tyler Tio to break out of its early dry spell in the PBA Commissioner's Cup by beating NLEX, 111-97, on Saturday night at the PhilSports Arena.

Despite a possible franchise firesale hounding them, the Fuel Masters played like a team on a mission, especially in the second half, and dealt Frankie Lim a defeat in his PBA head coaching return.

Tio came alive in the third quarter and led Phoenix's charge in the said quarter to take the lead for good.

Kaleb Wesson then sizzled in the final frame to help the team finish off NLEX.

Tip finished with a career-high 26 points on 9-of-17 shooting including 5-for-10 from long range, one rebound, and seven assists to lead the Fuel Masters, who improved to 1-3.

Javee Mocon added 23 points, nine rebounds, and six assists, while Wesson put up 22 markers, 21 boards, seven dimes, one block, and one steal.

Earl Clark put up 36 points, 20 rebounds, eight assists, one block, and one steal for the Road Warriors, who lost for the first time this conference.

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