BAY Area Dragons made it three wins in a row by beating Phoenix Super LPG, 101-91, in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
Miles Powell scored 17 of his 32 points in the third quarter to power the Hong Kong-based Dragons to their third straight victory while keeping the Fuelmasters winless in three outings.
The 25-year-old Powell, who also nailed the game-winning triple in their 105-104 victory over NorthPort Batang Pier a week ago, finished with 32 points, 10 rebounds, and four steals.
Powell’s third-quarter explosion enabled the Dragons to open up as many as 19-point lead, 89-70, after falling behind by 16, 25-41, in the early goings.
Hayden Blankley added 15 points and six rebounds, while Glen Yang contributed 14.
“I was really disappointed at the start of the game. We’re a step off, reaching fouls, giving them a lot of baskets on penetration and transition. But midway in the second quarter and the rest of the game, I thought we did a good job defensively and locked them up,” said Bay Area coach Brian Goorjian in an interview posted at the official PBA website.
“From 16 down, we went almost 20 up so I’m happy with the performance moving forward. We started poor but got better and better as the game went on,” he added.
Javee Mocon topscored for Phoenix with 22 points, followed by Tyler Tio with 2l.
Import Kaleb Wesson added 17 points, 20 of them in the first period.
Bay Area’s next assignment is against Converge FiberX on Oct. 7
Phoenix will play NLEX on Oct.8
Bay Area (101) – Powell 32, Blankley 15, Yang 14, Reid 14, Zhu 8, Liu 8, Lam 6, Liang 4, Ju 0, Zheng 0.
Phoenix (91) – Mocon 22, Tio 21, Wesson 17, Jazul 10, Anthony 8, Lojera 6, Robles 4, Serrano 3, Adamos 0, Pascual 0, Garcia 0, Muyang 0, Rios 0, Lalalta 0, Camacho 0.
Quarterscores: 16-29, 42-41, 74-61, 101-91.