Magnolia knocks down Blackwater to move to second, Phoenix bounces back against NLEX

Phoenix Fuel Masters 123 – NLEX Road Warriors 97

The Phoenix Fuel Masters made sure to gift their coach with a big win on his birthday. Coach Louie Alas celebrated in style as his team trounced the NLEX Road Warriors by 26 points. This was a bounce back win for the Fuel Masters after a tough loss in their last game.

The Fuel Masters were down by two points when they unleashed a torrid run to bridge the first two periods. That blast practically ended the game at that point. They first went on a 16-2 run sparked by Calvin Abueva and Jason Perkins baskets. The Fuel Masters continued their onslaught with an 11-0 run near the end of the first quarter and the start of the second. They held NLEX scoreless for nearly five minutes as they built their big lead.

Eugene Phelps absolutely dominated the Road Warriors as he led his team to a 71-33 halftime lead. Their advantage would reach as high as 41 points in the second half. Phelps finished with another 50-point performance. He had 51 points, 20 rebounds and three blocks. Abueva came off the bench to contribute 17 points and seven boards.

Magnolia Hotshots 133 – Blackwater Elite 99

The Magnolia Hotshots relied on their explosive back court to knock down the Blackwater Elite. With the win, Magnolia takes solo second sending Blackwater down the standings with their second loss. Jio Jalalon messed around and got a triple-double with 13 points, 12 rebounds and 13 assists. Paul Lee scored 19 points on four treys.

Magnolia got the game started with a 35-point blast in the opening period. Lee set the tone with a quick five-point burst to open the game. The rest of the team took note as PJ Simon, Ian Sangalang and Romeo Travis joined in on the scoring barrage. The Hotshots piled on the points as they scored 64 points in the first two periods to take a 21-point lead heading into the half.

The Elite tried to get back in the game. Henry Walker powered a run in the third period to cut the lead down to 12 points, putting Blackwater back into striking distance. But Jalalon powered a run to put the game out of reach once again. He got the blitz started with a three-pointer of his own. He then created for the rest of the team with assists to Sangalang, Travis and Rome Dela Rosa. That 16-4 run engineered by Jalalon restored the lead back to 25. The Hotshots ran away with the game from that point on.