After a mere escape act with the help of a controversial call, Phoenix Pulse pulled off a decisive triumph and put a lock on a playoff berth in the PBA Philippine Cup at the MOA Arena in Pasay City last night.
The Fuel Masters played a hot-octane game all night and rolled past the Alaska Milk Aces, 94-80, for a seventh win against a lone loss.
Coach Louie Alas and his troops scored a follow-up to their 98-96 nail-biter over the NorthPort Batang Pier Wednesday, ahead of a killer stretch where they are up against SMC’s three powerhouse teams.
The Fuel Masters will try to continue to get going in chase of a Top Two finish for a twice-to-beat bonus in the quarterfinals.
Terribly off from a two-week break, Alaska suffered a second loss in four starts, with tremendous beating curiously from former Aces Calvin Abueva and RJ Jazul.
Abueva dominated with a big double-double game with 21 points and 16 rebounds while Jazul sparkled with five three-pointers and a total of 19 markers.
Highly emotional, Abueva flexed his muscles, blew kisses and showed other antics after each of his superb play.
Phoenix 94 – Abueva 21, Wright 20, Jazul 18, Chua 11, Mallari 9, Perkins 6, Mendoza 4, Guevarra 3, Kramer 2, Revilla 0, Marcelo 0, Gamboa 0, Napoles 0, Dennison 0.
Alaska 80 – Teng 23, Ayaay 13, Cruz 10, Pascual 8, Enciso 7, Exciminiano 6, Banchero 4, Galliguez 4, Baclao 3, Thoss 2, Andrada 0.
Quarterscores: 29-22, 51-40, 74-53, 94-80.