Phoenix Fuelmasters 125 – Kia Picanto 102
In their first game, the Kia Picanto hung around until the end. The Phoenix Fuel Masters took note and blew the game wide open so that Kia won’t be a threat in the end game.
Phoenix found their rhythm from outside early in the game. Their jumper was clicking in the first quarter as they ran out to a 10-point lead in the first period. The Fuelmasters continued to team up for their buckets. Justin Chua, Joseph Eriobu and Doug Kramer powered their way into the paint to double their lead, 41-21 in the second quarter. Kia made a run to bridge the second and third quarters as Camson scored on two straight three-pointers before the end of the half to the cut the lead down. Early in the third period, Kia got as close as seven points with strong scores inside.
The Fuel Masters answered the run by the Picanto with a run of their own. They attacked the paint just like Kia and got buckets inside from Gelo Alonino, Matthew Wright and Chua. They busted out with a 25-10 run that brought the lead back up to 22 as they cruised to their first win of the season.
Seven players scored in double figures led by JC Intal, Wright and Chua with 15 apiece. LA Revilla scored six points and dished out four dimes in his first game against his former team.
San Miguel Beermen 103 – Meralco Bolts 97
The Meralco Bolts made a spirited run in the second half of their game against the San Miguel Beermen. But the Beermen built a big enough cushion to weather the storm and come away with the win.
San Miguel flashed a deadly inside-outside game in the first half against Meralco. They were swinging the ball freely, finding open shooters in the perimeter. Arwind Santos and Marcio Lassiter benefited from the good ball movement as they buried long shot after long shot to build a double-digit lead. The lead only grew in the second period as Alex Cabagnot caught fire. The veteran guard toyed with his defenders, spinning them through several screens before rising up for midrange jumpers, layups and three-pointers. San Miguel ran out to a 21-point lead midway through the second quarter.
The Bolts didn’t wait too long to make their run. Chris Newsome got it started in the third period by getting into the lane and creating opportunities for the rest of his team. Mike Tolomia answered the call and scored big baskets to cut the imposing lead down to only four points. Cabagnot came to the rescue once again. He scored six straight points to bring the lead back to double digits.
With Meralco continuing to make a run, the Beermen went to their sure thing. They repeatedly dumped the ball inside to June Mar Fajardo who delivered in the fourth period. He scored six straight points to keep Meralco at bay as San Miguel held on to the win.