Matthew Wright led the Phoenix Super LPG Fuelmasters past the TerraFirma Dyip, while the San Miguel Beermen extended their winning streak with a hard-earned victory over the Blackwater Elite.
Phoenix’s Matthew Wright elevates for a jumper over Eric Camson of TerraFirma. (Photo from PBA)
Matthew Wright continues to impress in the Clark bubble as he finished with 33 points, 4 rebounds, 6 assists and 5 steals in Phoenix’s 116-94 win over TerraFirma. Calvin Abueva was also a key cog in the triumph as he amassed a triple-double of 12 points, 10 boards and 10 dimes.
The Fuelmasters actually started out slow in the opening quarter as they saw the winless TerraFirma side build a 26-23 advantage entering the second period. But Phoenix would carve a 36-point team performance in the second quarter, capped by Wright’s two straight three-pointers to end the first half.
Phoenix rode that momentum the rest of the way as their smooth ball movement led to a whopping 33 assists as a team. CJ Perez led the charge for TerraFirma with 32 markers, to go along with his 9 rebounds and 5 assists.
Perez and the rest of the TerraFirma squad will try again to come up with their first win when they face the Magnolia Hotshots on Thursday.
San Miguel extends winning streak to four games
San Miguel’s Mo Tautuaa shoots one over Blackwater rookie Maurice Shaw. (Photo from PBA)
Behind Mo Tautuaa’s double-double outing of 26 points and 14 rebounds, San Miguel booked their fourth straight win via a 90-88 overtime victory over Blackwater.
With Blackwater holding on to a precarious two-point lead in the waning minutes of regulation, San Miguel guard Chris Ross drilled a three-pointer to give his team an 82-81 lead. The Beermen would extend their lead to three, but a booming triple from Ed Daquioag tied the game to ultimately force the overtime period.
Blackwater struck first in the extension period after a KG Canaleta wing trifecta, but Chris Ross would go on a personal 5-0 run to give San Miguel an 89-88 advantage. The Elite had multiple opportunities to steal the game, but a mid-range jumper from Don Trollano and a near-halfcourt heave from Mike Tolomia missed the target.
Daquioag led Blackwater with his 20 markers, while Tolomia put up an all-around effort of 17 points, 5 boards and 5 assists.
San Miguel (90) – Tautuaa 26, Lassiter 12, Cabagnot 11, Pessumal 10, Santos 9, Ross 8, Gamalinda 5, Zamar 4, Mamaril 3, Escoto 2, Comboy 0
Blackwater (88) – Daquioag 20, Tolomia 17, Trollano 10, Golla 10, Canaleta 8, Dennison 7, Salem 6, Escoto 5, Gabriel 3, Sumang 2, Shaw 0, Magat 0
Phoenix (116) – Wright 33, Jazul 16, Heruela 14, Perkins 14, Abueva 12, Chua 10, Mallari 6, Intal 4, Garcia 3, Napoles 2, Rios 2, Marcelo 0, Gamboa 0
TerraFirma (94) – Perez 32, Tiongson 15, Camson 11, Ramos 9, Adams 6, Gabayni 5, Balagasay 4, Cahilig 4, Mccarthy 3, Batiller 3, Celda 2, Agovida 0, Faundo 0, Khobuntin 0, Calvo 0