Phoenix resumes its winning ways when it takes on struggling Meralco in the resumption of the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) Governor’s Cup today at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
Action starts at 7 p.m. with the Fuel Masters looking to extend their amazing run against the skidding Bolts to remain at the upper half of the team standing midway through this season-ending conference.
Prior to that, unbeaten Blackwater eyes a share of lead with Ginebra when it clashes with winless Northport in the first game at 4:30 p.m.
All teams are coming off long breaks after the league gave way to Team Pilipinas’ campaign in the fourth window of the FIBA World Cup Asian Qualifiers.
Phoenix head coach Louie Alas is looking for another massive win not only to duplicate their 112-82 victory over Talk ‘N Text, but also to clinch their fourth win in five starts.
“We’re off to our best start. It’s good thing that we already compiled wins early in the conference,” said Alas, who is just on his first year with the Fuel Masters since his transfer from Alaska late last year.
“But we’re coming off a long break so I hope that would not be a factor as we look to continue this good run.”
To extend their impressive start, Alas will be banking on Eugene Phelps together with Calvin Abueva, who continues to be the game-changer for the Fuel Masters.
Matthew Wright is also tipped to make big contributions together with veterans RJ Jazul, JC Intal and Rookie of the Year race leader Jason Perkins.
But all eyes will be on the Bolts, who are looking for fitting sendoff before they represent the country in the FIBA Asia Champions Cup in Nonthaburi, Thailand starting 27 September.