Phoenix caged the “Baby Beast” and the rest of hard-luck Columbian to fashion a 108-98 victory Wednesday and grab the PBA Philippine Cup’s early lead at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
Matthew Wright, Calvin Abueva, Jason Perkins and LA Revilla took turns spearheading the offense while veteran JC Intal led the Fuel Masters’ defense that prevented CJ Perez from following up his explosive pro debut.
As a result, Phoenix completed the wire-to-wire win and stayed unbeaten after three games, its best start since joining the league midway in the 2015-16 season.
Yet coach Louie Alas was far from fully pleased after his charges failed to hang on to a 40-21 lead early in the second quarter.
“Kapag nag-li-lead kami ng double figures, bumabalik sa old habit na mag-re-rely kami sa offensive firepower,” said Alas.