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Phoenix pounces on Mikey Williams-less TNT for fifth straight win

Kaleb Wesson led Phoenix to its fifth straight win. PBA Images
By Ivan Saldajeno

MANILA—Phoenix did just enough to beat a TNT squad reeling from the absence of Mikey Williams, 91-88, in their PBA Commissioner's Cup showdown on Sunday night at the Ynares Center in Antipolo.

Despite holding their opponents to only seven points in the first quarter, the Fuel Masters struggled to blow the Tropang Giga out even as the latter took an 88-85 lead with 4:25 remaining.

However, Phoenix held TNT scoreless the rest of the way, although the latter had a chance to steal the game only that RR Pogoy missed a potential go-ahead layup with six seconds left even as Cam Oliver badly missed a buzzer-beating three that could have sent the game to overtime.

Kaleb Wesson led the Fuel Masters, who won for the fifth straight time after a 0-3 start to virtually tie Barangay Ginebra for fourth place, with 23 points, 17 rebounds, three assists, three blocks, and four steals.

Encho Serrano added 16 points, three rebounds, three assists, and one steal off the bench.

Calvin Oftana led the Tropang Giga, who fell for the second straight game and slipped to 3-4, with 27 points, two rebounds, and one steal, while Pogoy added 22 points, eight rebounds, one assist, one steal, and one block and Oliver put up 20 points, 10 rebounds, five assists, three blocks, and one steal.

Williams missed the game after skipping TNT's Saturday practice, and it was reported by TV5's Apple David that the team suspended him for the week, which means he might sit out TNT's Saturday night game against Terrafirma.

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