RoS catches up, defeats Phoenix

first_imgThe lead grew 107-103 on baskets from Raymond Almazan and Maverick Ahanmisi. Fuel Masters rallied and got close 106-107 on a trey by RJ Jazul. After a free throw by Painters’ Gabe Norwood, Fuel Masters had a chance to win but Matthew Wright misfired.“Our defense was different in the second half,” said Painters head coach Caloy Garcia. “The only positive thing is we have a chance at getting one of the top two spots.”Negrense Jeffrei Chan and Eugene Phelps finished with 26 points apiece while Wright and Jazul had 15 and 13 points, respectively, for Fuel Masters (3-6).A game after, Balkman found his shooting touch early, unloading 19 points just in the opening quarter, and then Beermen opened up a 33-22 advantage entering the second canto.KaTropa tried to catch up and managed to tie the scores 86-all but Balkman doused the rally with consecutive conversions for Beermen to pull away anew 96-77.Balkman finished the match with double-double 43 points and 15 rebounds while June Mar Fajardo had 19 points for Beermen (4-4). KaTropa dropped to 6-3./PN Rain or Shine Elasto Painters guard James Yap (background) makes a shot past Phoenix Fuel Masters guard LA Revilla during their 2018 PBA Commissioner’s Cup game at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City on Saturday, June 16. NOEL TONIDO FOR TIEBREAKER TIMES MANILA – Rain or Shine Elasto Painters bucked a slow start to score a 108-106 victory over Phoenix Fuel Masters in the 2018 PBA Commissioner’s Cup on Saturday at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City.Reginald Johnson led the way with double-double 32 points and 16 rebounds while Negrense James Yap and Beau Belga added 13 markers apiece for Painters, which moved back to solo first place (8-1 win-loss).In the second game, Renaldo Balkman waxed hot in the opening period as defending champion San Miguel Beermen cruised to a 99-94 victory over TNT KaTropa.Playing catch-up for the most part after being down by as much as 19 points in the first half, Painters finally grabbed the advantage midway in the fourth 100-98 on an inside hit by Johnson.last_img

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