Eugene Phelps unleashes a monster double-double of 36 points and 20 rebounds to power the Fuel Masters to their fifth victory
Published 7:37 PM, September 23, 2018
Updated 7:37 PM, September 23, 2018
DOMINATING. Rafi Reavis and the Magnoloa Hotshots tried, but Phoenix’s Eugene Phelps again proved unstoppable. Photo from PBA Images
MANILA, Philippines – The Phoenix Fuel Masters edged out the Magnolia Hotshots, 95-82, in the PBA Governors’ Cup at the Araneta Coliseum on Sunday, September 23.
Eugene Phelps finished with a monster double-double of 36 points and 20 rebounds on top of 4 blocks as Phoenix pinned on Magnolia its first loss in three outings.
Matthew Wright also had 13 points and Justin Chua added 12 for the Fuel Masters, who improved to 5-1 behind unbeaten Blackwater (4-0).
Calvin Abueva chipped in 9 points, 10 boards and 5 assists.
LA Revilla slithered to the hoop for a layup to give Phoenix a 9-point lead, 81-72, at the 6:45 mark of the 4th.
Then the ever-scrappy Abueva fished a crucial disqualifying 6th foul on Magnolia’s Jio Jalalon with 5:33 left. He split his charities to give the Fuel Masters a 10-point edge, 82-72.
The Hotshots tried to play catch up, but Phelps effectively sealed the deal for Phoenix by going 2-for-2 at the free throw line, 89-80, with 1:49 left.
Phoenix shot out to a big 30-19 lead after the 1st frame but Magnolia responded with a better 2nd quarter to equalize at the half, 48-all.
Romeo Travis also had a big double-double of 28 markers and 19 boards for Magnolia. Mark Barroca, Ian Sangalang and Jalalon each tallied 11 points apiece.
Phoenix 95 – Phelps 36, Wright 13, Chua 12, Revilla 9, Jazul 9, Abueva 9, Perkins 7, Intal 0, Wilson 0.
Magnolia 82 – Travis 28, Jalalon 11, Sangalang 11, Barroca 11, Lee 8, Ramos 6, Dela Rosa 3, Melton 2, Gamalinda 2, Reavis 0, Herndon 0, Pascual 0, Brondial 0.
Quarters: 30-19, 48-48, 71-67, 95-82.