Ginebra edges out San Miguel in a battle of undermanned teams, Phoenix rises past Magnolia

Phoenix Fuel Masters 95 – Magnolia Hotshots 82

The Phoenix Fuel Masters dominated the paint to beat the Magnolia Hotshots. The Fuel Masters continue to rise in the Governor’s Cup with their fifth win. Phoenix scored 48 points in the paint compared to Magnolia’s 20. They also shot 52 free throws highlighting their physical play in the paint.

Eugene Phelps set the tone early in the game. The mountain of an import powered his way inside to lead the Fuel Masters to an early double-digit lead. But the Hotshots came right back in the second quarter with a run of their own. Behind the efforts of Jio Jalalon, Romeo Travis and Ian Sangalang, Magnolia came right back to tie the game heading into the half.

The Fuel Masters turned on the jets in the second half. Phelps got some help in the last two quarters with Calvin Abueva and Justin Chua joining the fray. Chua, Phelps and LA Revilla scored key points midway through the final period. They went on a 7-0 run to build a double-digit lead. Phoenix’s free throw shooting kept them alive in the end game.

Phelps owned the paint with 36 points, 20 rebounds and four blocks. Justin Chua helped man the paint with 12 points, eight rebounds and three blocks. Calvin Abueva added nine points, 10 rebounds and five assists.

Barangay Ginebra 110 – San Miguel Beermen 102

This was a battle of teams missing key players due to injury. Barangay Ginebra was still playing without Japeth Aguilar, Greg Slaughter and Sol Mercado. The San Miguel Beermen were without Marcio Lassiter and June Mar Fajardo. The Barangay managed to edge out the Beermen to bounce back from their first loss of the conference.

After a tight first quarter, Ginebra was able to get some breathing room in the second quarter. LA Tenorio and Justin Brownlee hit big shots near the end of the first half to give the team a five-point lead heading into the half. In the second half, Aljon Mariano, Kevin Ferrer and Prince Caperal helped out by adding to the production of the starters.

The Beermen cut the Ginebra lead down to just one point off back-to-back Arwind Santos three-pointers. But Mariano scored key baskets in the clutch to fend off the San Miguel run. Mariano scored six points in a 14-4 run to give the Barangay an 11-point lead heading into the final minutes of the game.

Justin Brownlee did almost everything for Ginebra with 29 points, 19 rebounds and seven assists. Mariano stepped into the vacant forward slot in the starting lineup and pumped in 20 points. Joe Devance filled in the other big man spot with 17 points and seven boards.