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High-octane Painters too much for misfiring Fuel Masters

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Phoenix played with fire and got burned. Fuel Masters head coach Ariel Vanguardia admitted that going mano a mano with a deep Rain or Shine squad cost itself the game, losing the duel, 97-82, on Sunday. “We gambled on them taking threes. The bad thing is they made them,” he said. Known to prosper in free-flowing […]

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Vanguardia takes blame for Phoenix’s 44-point loss to Star

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Phoenix head coach Ariel Vanguardia took responsibility for his team’s embarrassing 123-79 loss to Star Saturday at Mall of Asia Arena. “I take full responsibility on this loss,” said Vanguardia whose team slipped to a 2-2 record.  “I think we over-prepared so whatever did in our preparation didn’t work.” Phoenix was riding the momentum of a two-game […]

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Intal comes off the bench, boosts Phoenix in win over SMB

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ANTIPOLO—Phoenix’s biggest contributor during its upset of defending Philippine Cup champion San Miguel Beer wasn’t even part of the starting five. Fuel Masters head coach Ariel Vanguardia had JC Intal come off the bench and the move did wonders for Phoenix.  Intal had a limited yet quality, 24-minute playing time and still led all scorers […]

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Guards Alolino, Javelona fill needs for Phoenix

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Consider it a dream come true for Gelo Alolino. The former National University guard didn’t really have to wait that long before he heard his name called up in the stage in the 2016 PBA Rookie Draft on Sunday. “Once na narinig ko yung name ko, I had a sigh of relief talaga,” Alolino said […]

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‘Outcoached’ in Phoenix’s first 3 losses, Vanguardia savors 1st win

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After a career that has seen him in the sidelines of the defunct Metropolitan Basketball Association, NCAA, and Asean Basketball League, Ariel Vanguardia has had quite a coaching experience. And yet, Vanguardia couldn’t help but savor his first win as head coach of the Phoenix Fuel Masters in the PBA. “It’s sweet kasi kumbaga dito […]

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Vanguardia: Phoenix to evaluate ‘absent’ Simmons

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Phoenix head coach Ariel Vanguardia said import Marcus Simmons will be evaluated after his poor showing that factored into the Fuel Masters’ 0-3 start. Simmons had seven points on 3-of-11 shooting and was in foul trouble majority of Phoenix’s 106-89 loss to Rain or Shine Saturday night. “He was totally absent today,” Vanguardia said. “We […]

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Phoenix’s immaturity still a problem, says Vanguardia

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Phoenix may have lost its opener against Meralco to start the PBA Governors’ Cup on Friday, but come Sunday, the Fuel Masters looked the part of giant beaters as they gave defending champions San Miguel a beating. That was until AZ Reid became the personification of Arizona and lit up the scoreboards. Phoenix had a […]

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Hard to outcoach Norman Black, admits newcomer Vanguardia

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Phoenix head coach Ariel Vanguardia has proven his worth in the Asean Basketball League, but he faced a different monster in the PBA. In the Fuel Masters’ opener in the PBA Governors’ Cup against Meralco, the ABL champion ran into the genius of 11-time PBA champion Norman Black. “Coach Norman, you can’t really outcoach him, […]

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Vanguardia: Phoenix has versatile import in Simmons

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Phoenix coach Ariel Vanguardia doesn’t want to look too far ahead heading into 2016 PBA Governors’ Cup. “Honestly, we’re not thinking of the end result yet. We are focusing on the our daily practices and laying down the foundation of the team,” he said. Though already carrying a solid core, Vanguardia will also bank on the cohesion of […]

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Phoenix fails to get former Kentucky U standout as import

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The Phoenix Fuel Masters have failed to seal a deal with DeAndre Liggins and thus remain without a regular import for the PBA Governors Cup that fires off on July 15.          “We still don’t have an import as Liggins said ‘no,’” said new Phoenix coach Ariel Vanguardia on their failed bid to bring over to their […]

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GAMES TIME
San Miguel Beer VS Barangay Ginebra 07:00 PM
MARCH 01 WEDNESDAY SMART ARANETA COLISEUM
San Miguel Beer VS Barangay Ginebra 07:00 PM
MARCH 03 FRIDAY SMART ARANETA COLISEUM