With import Eugene Phelps already helpless on the bench due to cramps, reserve center Justin Chua came in to hit the dagger shot as Phoenix Petroleum outlasted Barangay Ginebra, 103-98, in a gripping double-overtime battle in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup at the Smart Araneta Coliseum Sunday.
Chua buried a one-hander inside the paint to give Phoenix a 101-98 lead with time down to 40 seconds.
A missed layup by Japeth Aguilar in the next play,and two free throws by RJ Jazul on a desperate Ginebra foul had the Fuel Masters completing an upset of the Kings in their grind-out battle.
The Kings forced the two extension plays on three-point shots by Japeth Aguilar and Joe Devance, but blew the game in the end on crucial errors.
Phoenix, thus, improved to 3-2 while Ginebra dropped to 1-3.
The Fuel Masters displayed admirable courage and fortitude as they humbled the Gin Kings yet again. Phoenix has beaten Ginebra four times in their last five matches.
Phoenix 103 – Phelps 25, Chan 22, Wright 19, Perkins 12, Jazul 12, Chua 4, Kramer 4, Intal 3, Wilson 2, Revilla 0.
Brgy. Ginebra 98 – Aguilar 25, Garcia 19, Thompson 17, Slaughter 14, Devance 10, Tenorio 9, Taha 2, Mariano 2, Caguioa 0, Ferrer 0.
Quarterscores: 21-16, 46-30, 64-62, 85-85, 92-92, 103-98 (2OT).