PBA: Phoenix stays hot, escapes NLEX for 5-0 start

first_imgTom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Matthew Wright. PBA IMAGESMANILA, Philippines–Phoenix held off an undermanned but pesky NLEX side, 83-82, and solidified its grip of the lead in 2019 PBA Philippine Cup Friday at Mall of Asia Arena.Matthew Wright came through in the fourth minute of the payoff period to help the Fuel Masters regain control and erect a six-point lead going into the homestretch.ADVERTISEMENT Padda system ‘more on track than ever’ as Adamson begins life without key players Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Jason Perkins and Abueva both tallied double-double performances. Last season’s rookie of the year finished with 14 points and 11 rebounds while the latter had 13 and 11.Galanza and Philip Paniamogan conspired for a short burst to keep Phoenix within striking range. They combined for 17 markers.The last team that made a 5-0 start in the conference—the Beermen—were eventually crowned as champions.“Oh my God,” Alas said with a chuckle in reaction to the trivia.NLEX, who is nursing the loss of an injured Kevin Alas, slid to a 2-4 record.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES The Road Warriors are going into a long break before taking on conference champion San Miguel on March 8, at the Big Dome.The scores:PHOENIX 83 – Wright 17, Perkins 14, Abueva 13, Mendoza 8, Jazul 8, Chua 6, Mallari 6, Revilla 3, Kramer 2, Marcelo 2, Napoles 2, Dennison 2, Gamboa 0.NLEX 82 – Quinahan 14, Galanza 12, Erram 11, Fonacier 9, Baguio 9, Lao 8, Ighalo 6, Porter 6, Paniamogan 5, Taulava 2, Tiongson 0, Magat 0, Tallo 0.Quarter scores: 24-12, 45-44, 67-70, 83-82.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Philippine Army to acquire MANPADS, self-propelled howitzers View comments Calvin Abueva preserved Wright’s heroics with a game-saving block on Road Warriors’ Bong Galanza with a second left on the clock, which also helped keep Phoenix’s run in the all-Filipino contest unscathed for five games.“I knew going into this game that it will be a tough match because they have four reliable big men,” head coach Louie Alas told the press.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubs“We’re at the phase that we’re going to begin to face the league’s elite teams,” Alas said. “We’ll begin with Rain or Shine this Sunday. Good thing, they’re going to play back-to-back games. They’re the hottest team after us.”Wright finished the game with 17 points, six assists, and five rebounds. Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebralast_img