Phoenix won its first game of the PBA Philippine Cup on Friday in style, using lessons learned from the previous two defeats to post a 97-74 fall in TeraFirmer which gave coach Topex Robinson something good to look forward to.
“[We thought] As long as we’re moving the ball, and playing beautiful basketball together, we’ll have a chance [at winning]Robinson said after 17 points, nine rebounds and five assists from Jason Perkins at the Invers Center in Antipolo.
“We’ve learned a lot how to stay together when terapharma becomes difficult. What we agreed on was to play together. “
San Miguel Bear was perfect after an 87-81 win over Magnolia in the nightcap.
Mo Tautua came off the bench to shoot 19 points and paced the Bearmen, who went 3-0 up as they faced the Hotshots for the third time in four games.
Matthew Wright, the cornerstone of the Fuel Masters who will leave the team after the conference to play in Japan, helped Phoenix take a 35-point lead with 11 points and 10 assists – the biggest ever in a youth tournament.
Phoenix has climbed to 1-2 and will pick up some momentum in its next game, which will be against newcomer Converse on Sunday.
“They are a scary team. I mean, they’re playing well together, “Robinson said of the FiberXers, who were close to three against a strong team.
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