Maxwell Du’vaughn Maxwell of Phoenix drives against Gabe Norwood of Rain or Shine during their PBA Governors’ Cup game at the Smart Araneta Coliseum. Photo by Ernie Sarmiento

Three in a row for Phoenix

March 2, 2023 Robert Andaya 397 views
Cliff Hodge of Meralco wards off Justin Brownlee of Ginebra as he drives to the basket. Photo by Ernie Sarmiento

THREE wins in a row for Phoenix Super LPG.

Five players, led by RR Garcia, scored in double figures as Phoenix rolled back Rain or Shine, 114-106, in the PBA Governors’ Cup at the Smart Araneta Coliseum in Quezon City.

Garcia and Encho Serrano came through with 17 points each as the Fuel Masters improved their record to 4-5 after a disappointing 1-5 start.

Garcia made 5-of-8 shooting from the floor to lead the way for Phoenix.

Serrano, who came off the bench, went 7-of-11 in almost 20 minutes of action, while Jason Perkins added 16 points and five rebounds for the Fuel Masters of coach Jamike Jarin.

Although he did not topscore for Phoenix, import Du’vaughn Maxwell had an all-around game with 15 points, 13 rebounds, five steals, five blocks and four assists.

Tyler Tio chipped in 14 points.

Leonard Santillan finished with 14 points and four rebounds in a losing effort for the E-Painters, who dropped to 2-7 after playing without an import for the second strsight game.

Norbert Torres also had 14 points, Beau Belga added 13 points, six rebounds and five assists and Rey Nambatac contributed with 11 points.for coach Yeng Guiao.

Rain or Shine import Jordan Tolbert, however, was not allowed to play after he was found to be an eighth of an inch above the 6-6 height ceiling.

Tolbert, who arrived only last Tuesday is set to replace Greg Smith.

Smith suffered a hamstring injury last Saturday. He also failed to suit up against Blackwater last Feb. 16 after clearance issues from his former team.

Later, Christian Standhardinger finished with 31 piin5s 10 rebounds, seven assists and two blocks as barsngay Ginebra outpkayed Meralco, 112-108.

Justin Brownlee added 29 points, seven rebounds and six assists ,Jamie Malonzo added 16 points and Jerem8ah Gray had 12 points for Ginebra, which improved to 5-2.

KJ McDaniels paced Meralco with 28 markers.

The scores:

First game

Phoenix (114) – Garcia 17, Serrano 17, Perkins 16, Maxwell 15, Tio 14, Muyang 8, Manganti 7, Mocon 7, Lalata 6, Jazul 3, Lojera 3, Alejandro 1, Camacho 0, Adamos 0, Go 0.
Rain or Shine (106) – Santillan 14, Torres 14, Belga 13, Nambatac 11, Mamuyac 10, Borboran 8, Ildefonso 7, Nieto 6, Yap 5, Demusis 5, Norwood 5, Caracut 5, Asistio 3, Ponferrada 0, Clarito 0. Quarterscores: 29-14, 67-46, 89-76, 114-106.

Second game

Ginebra (112) – Standhardinger 31, Brownlee 29, Malonzo 16, Gray 12, Thompson 7, Pringle 5, Dillinger 0.
Meralco (107)- McDaniels 28, Maliksi 23, Newsome 15, Black 14, Hodge 10, Quinto 10, Banchero 5, Almazan 2, Caram 0, Jose 0.
Quarterscores: 32-37, 54-61, 76-80, 112-107.