Phoenix has won four of its last five games with new import Eugene Phelps in tow.
But the former Long Beach standout isn’t taking sole credit for the Fuel Masters’ resurgence in the PBA Governors Cup.
“We got great teammates and great coaching staff but I just try to do my job, play 100 percent, rebound, get buckets, that’s what I do,” Phelps told sports scribes, shortly after leading the Fuel Masters to a 106-93 lynching of the fast fading Star Hotshots Friday night.
The wide-bodied Phelps was an unstoppable force in the paint after scattering 45 points and hauling down 17 rebounds against a veteran Star team.
It was actually the third time in his five PBA games that Phelps has scored 45 points or more.
And while Star managed to engineer a breathtaking 19-0 run bridging the third and fourth period to threaten within one point, Phelps and veteran guard Cyrus Baguio carried the fight in the end to send the Hotshots reeling to their fifth straight loss.
“We had a 20-point lead and they (Hotshots) end up coming back, but we just kept our composure and we got buckets and got stops and we ended getting the W,” Phelps said.
The Phoenix import added that Baguio makes their job easier because the veteran PBA shooting guard uses his vast experience this conference.
“He’s (Baguio) a great player. He’s a veteran, because every time we needed big shot, I believe about two or three games ago, he made big shots,” shared Phelps.
“And in our last game we played NLEX, he hit a big three, so he’s just a great presence on the floor. He’s a great veteran.”
Phoenix, which improved its record to an even 4-4, shoots for its third straight win in the PBA Governors Cup when the Fuel Masters tangle with Blackwater Elite next Wednesday. – Richard Dy
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