PBA: Phoenix halts Blackwater’s perfect run in Commissioner’s Cup debut

first_imgSolon urges Solgen to reconsider quo warranto petition vs ABS-CBN “I was looking at the stat sheet and we nearly did everything we had hoped to do,” coach Louie Alas said.The young Blackwater squad kept Phoenix within striking range for the first two quarters until its equally young mentor Aris Dimaunahan was ejected for flagrant misconduct.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsReinforcement Alex Stepheson had another double-double of 24 points and 18 rebounds as Ray Parks Jr. and Mac Belo reprised their double-digit production, finishing 25 and 12, respectively, but their combined efforts weren’t enough to help the Elite complete a rally.“I expected it,” Alas said when asked about the Blackwater’s bid for a comeback down the stretch. “They’re not 3-0 for nothing. They worked for it. They’re deep. They have three marquee players for nearly every position.” Father’s day as Novak Djokovic wins in front of his son Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “I’m just grateful we’re able to pull through our first test,” he added.Phoenix, which is coming off a franchise-first semifinal finish last all-Filipino tourney, handed Blackwater’s first loss in four games.Alas and his charges face TNT KaTropa next this Sunday at Ynares Center in Antipolo.Blackwater, meanwhile, will take on another semifinalist in Rain or Shine on the same playdate.ADVERTISEMENT Eduard Folayang gets new opponent for ONE Manila card LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption PLAY LIST 02:56NCRPO 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 award03:05Malakanyang bilib sa Phivolcs | Chona Yu Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Pagadian on tighter security for 100,000 expected at Sto. Niño feast Matthew Wright against Blackwater defenders. PBA IMAGESMANILA, Philippines–Phoenix Fuel banked on its cohesion and experience to subdue red-hot Blackwater, 103-98, and open its 2019 PBA Commissioner’s Cup campaign on a good note Friday night at Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay.The Fuel Masters leaned on the marksmanship of Matthew Wright, who scored a team-best 22 points, and the anchorage of former Best Import Rob Dozier, who tossed in 18 more to go with 16 rebounds, to slip past the hard-fighting Elite.ADVERTISEMENT Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college LeBron James stretches lead in NBA All-Star Game fan voting Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption View comments The Witcher series prompts over 500,000 reprints of Andrzej Sapkowski’s books MOST READ Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guardlast_img read more