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PBA: Cade Flores posts season-high as NorthPort prevails vs Phoenix

Cade Flores posted a season-high for NorthPort. PBA Images
By Ivan Saldajeno

QUEZON CITY—Cade Flores played his best game in his rookie PBA career to lead NorthPort to a 124-120 win against Phoenix on Friday night at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

Flores was almost perfect from the field, going 8-for-9 from the field for 21 points with 12 rebounds to lead the Batang Pier, who set the tone in the first quarter after racing to a 35-25 lead against the Fuel Masters.

Phoenix put up a fight in the fourth quarter and even took a 111-110 lead with 3:40 left, but after a 113-all tie, NorthPort went on an 8-3 run to seal the win.

Zav Lucero bounced back from a scoreless output against Converge and added 18 points, one rebound, four assists, two blocks, and one steal for the Batang Pier, who now won back-to-back games after falling short against the NLEX Road Warriors in their conference opener.

Jason Perkins fired 28 points, 26 in the second half, seven rebounds, two assists, one block, and one steal for the Fuel Masters, who went to a rough start to the season-ending conference after making the semifinals in the Commissioner's Cup.

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