Phoenix seals twice-to-beat with rousing win over San Miguel
MANILA, Philippines – Phoenix proved it's no fluke after pulling off a 96-93 escape over reigning four-time champion San Miguel in the 2019 PBA Philippine Cup at the Panabo Multi-Purpose Center in Davao on Saturday, March 16.
Banking on Matthew Wright and Jason Perkins in crunchtime, Phoenix will head into the quarterfinals as the No. 1 team with a 9-2 record and twice-to-beat incentive to boot.
Wright, who finished with 25 points and 6 rebounds, and Perkins, who had 10 markers and 10 boards, scored 3 each in the win-clinching 6-3 spurt as the Fuel Masters ended the Beermen's four-game winning streak.
It was a tied game with less than two minutes left before Wright drained a big triple with 1:16 minutes left to give Phoenix a 93-90 lead.
Perkins then drilled in a tough fallaway jumper for a five-point Fuel Masters advantage, but Arwind Santos quickly answered with a triple with 31 seconds remaining for the Beermen, 93-95.
An Alex Mallari turnover lifted the San Miguel's hopes of a comeback only to witness Alex Cabagnot turn the ball over right after as Pekins stretched Phoenix's lead back to 3 points by splitting his freebies.
With 6 seconds left, the Beermen had enough time to fire a game-tying triple but Terrence Romeo muffed his shot from long range.
Alex Mallari delivered 12 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists while Justin Chua and Doug Kramer chipped in 9 points apiece and conjoined for 11 rebounds in the win.
June Mar Fajardo was a force inside but his 29-point, 12-rebound and 2-block outing was not enough as San Miguel slipped to 4th place behind a 6-4 record.
Cabagnot had 17 points, 5 rebounds and 2 steals, Arwind Santos chalked up 14 points, 10 rebounds and 4 blocks while Romeo put up 15 points in the losing effort.
Phoenix 96 – Wright 25, Mallari 12, Perkins 10, Chua 9, Kramer 9, Jazul 8, Dennison 7, Revilla 5, Mendoza 4, Abueva 4, Marcelo 3.
San Miguel 93 – Fajardo 29, Cabagnot 17, Romeo 15, Santos 14, Lassiter 7, Nabong 5, Ross 4, Pessumal 2, Mamaril 0, Tubid 0, Rosser 0.
Quarters: 33-19, 49-46, 74-70, 96-93.