The Phoenix Fuel Masters lived to fight another day after pulling off a convincing 104-100 win over the GlobalPort Batang Pier, Friday night at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
Phoenix was well on its way to a lopsided win after leading by as much as 31 points when the roof suddenly caved in. GlobalPort went on a spirited run and was able to cut the lead to only four before time ran out.
The Fuel Masters eventually finished the elimination round of the 2018 Philippine Cup tied at number 8 with the TNT KaTropa.
While the win left much to be desired, head coach Louie Alas will take it nonetheless.
“Sabi nga ng mga idol kong coaches, ‘a win is a win’. But we have to learn from it, di kami natuto eh. This is the fourth, fifth time. Kung hindi malaki lead namin, baka nandun kami sa kabilang side,” said the 54-year old former coach of Letran in the NCAA.
Still, Alas said the important thing is that they were able to win when they needed to and were able to avoid going into early vacation.
“At least we have another day to live. Sarado pa naman Boracay ngayon, wala pa kaming pagbabaksyunan,” he added in jest.