PBA: Eugene Phelps' clutch basket lifts Phoenix past Alaska


Posted at Jul 22 2017 08:05 PM | Updated as of Jul 22 2017 08:50 PM

Eugene Phelps delivered the goods for Phoenix's second win. PBA Images

(UPDATE) Eugene Phelps sank a teardrop shot in the dying seconds to help Phoenix secure a 95-93 victory over Alaska in a thrilling PBA Governor's Cup game at Mall of Asia Arena on Saturday.

The game was tied at 93-all with 21 seconds to go when Phelps ran past Noy Baclao and evaded the outstreched arms of LaDontae Henton with a clutch floater that gave the Fuel Masters their second straight win.

Phelps finished with 29 points, 14 rebounds and 2 assists.

“They showed heart in the crucial break down the stretch. We have to credit Alaska, they really make us play better,” said Phoenix coach Ariel Vanguardia.

The Aces dictated the tempo for most of the first half, employing a running game in taking a 13-point lead, 43-30, midway through the second quarter. 

Phoenix made adjustments and slowed down Alaska to take the lead in the second half.

“It was my fault to start the game (that way) in the second quarter. I was tempted to run with them, but that wasn't the key. Tinalo nila kami sa takbuhan. So I said let's be deliberate, half court and we executed,” Vanguardia said.
Calvin Abueva then instigated an 8-0 run that tied the count at 93-all with 23 seconds to go.

It was at that point when Phelps made his winning shot.

RJ Jazul had 15 points, while Joseph Eriobu and Willy Wilson added 14 and 13 respectively.
Alaska, led by Henton's 30 points, dropped to its 9th straight defeat dating back to the Commissioner's Cup.

Phoenix joined early leader NLEX at the top with 2-0 records each. 

“2-0, walang pang ibig sabihin ‘yan,” said Vanguardia. “We still have to go to the next game.”

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