Wed. Jul 24th, 2024

Phoenix Gasoline Masters’ Jason Perkins and Jonathan Williams within the PBA Commissioner’s Cup. –MARLO CUETO/INQUIREr.internet

MANILA, Philippines–Phoenix secured an unlikely twice-to-beat benefit going into the PBA Commissioner’s Cup quarterfinals after holding off Meralco, 93-83, Wednesday at Sensible Araneta Coliseum.

A 3 by veteran RJ Jazul with over a minute left gave the Gasoline Masters a well timed cushion and finally acquired their eighth victory in 10 outings, turning into the second staff to get the quarterfinal bonus.

Jason Perkins had 22 factors on 9-of-13 taking pictures with eight rebounds whereas import Johnathan Williams got here up with 19 factors, 15 rebounds and 5 assists as Phoenix gained the twice-to-beat for the primary time because the 2020 PBA Philippine Cup bubble.

Tyler Tio put up 15 whereas Jazul added 13 for the Gasoline Masters, who will end second within the elims with a win over the TNT Tropang Giga on Sunday at Philsports Area in Pasig Metropolis.

“We’re in a blind proper now as a result of we don’t know who we’ll face within the playoffs, so all are focus proper now’s on TNT,” stated coach Jamike Jarin.

Meralco dropped to 7-3 as its woes from the skin together with a gentle play by Phoenix hounded them all through the competition.

And the loss may be a blow for the Bolts when it comes to their very own bid for the twice-to-beat since they’re now tied for third with the San Miguel Beermen and Barangay Ginebra.

Tiebreaker situations have Meralco behind attributable to their losses to San Miguel and Ginebra within the eliminations, and slip ups by each San Miguel Company sides might assist the Bolts sneak a prime 4 spot.

Meralco, which had 19 factors, 9 rebounds and 5 assists from import Shonn Miller in his second recreation since changing Zach Lofton, faces Terrafirma on Friday on the Massive Dome.

The outcome assured Magnolia of the highest seed within the quarters even when it finally ends up tied with Phoenix at 9-2.

The scores:

PHOENIX 93—Perkins 22, Williams 19, Tio 15, Jazul 13, Tuffin 6, Mocon 5, Rivero 5, Alejandro 4, Verano 2, Manganti 2, Camacho 0, Soyud 0, Garcia 0.

MERALCO 83—Miller 19, Banchero 15, Newsome 13, Quinto 10, Black 8, Almazan 8, Rios 5, Hodge 5, Pascual 0, Maliksi 0, Bates 0, Caram 0.

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Quarters: 31-19, 54-47, 78-66, 93-83.

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