ANTIPOLO–After seeing TNT destroy Phoenix with a dizzying offense behind Jayson Castro’s season-high 42 points, Fuel Masters import Eugene Phelps is convinced that the Katropa is a cinch to win the Governors Cup title.
TNT peppered Phelps’ team with 15 triples with Castro, Ryan Reyes and Larry Fonacier accounting for 13 of those as the Katropa crushed Phoenix, 136-124 on Saturday to set a semifinal date with sister team Meralco.
“They’re (Katropa) a good team. Honestly, I think they might win a championship. They got a complete team,” Phelps said after the game.
While the 6-foot-5 Phelps, nicknamed “El Destructor” got another huge night of 39 points and 17 rebounds, the Fuel Masters had no answer to the Katropa’s red-hot outside shooting.
“They got bigs, they got wings, they shoot the three, they play defense, so I think they’re the top team in the league. They’ll probably win it in my opinion.”
Still, the 26-year-old Phelps was proud of the Fuel Masters’ effort, saying they gave their all in their effort to force a do-or-die match.
Phoenix in fact, held a 72-71 advantage early in the third period, before TNT turned things around with its impeccable shooting to turn a tight contest into a huge rout.
“Everybody tried hard. They’re (TNT) just a pretty good team. It was close at halftime then they started breaking out,” said Phelps, who debuted with 52 points for Phoenix against GlobalPort.
“Getting easy fastbreak layups. It’s just like the mental stuff. But we played hard today. We tried out best, but we came short to the better team.”
Phelps said he’ll take a few days off and will probably be headed to Australia or Europe to resume his pro basketball career. – Jason Mercene
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