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Phoenix books quarterfinals ticket, beats Ginebra

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Phoenix Petroleum has flanked two cracks at seizing solo second place. The Fuel Masters succeeded in their third try versus a Japeth Aguilar-less Barangay Ginebra side. With a methodical defense and a steady offense, the Fuel Masters rolled past the Gin Kings, 79-73, to virtually clinch a quarterfinals spot in the PBA Philippine Cup at the Cuneta Astrodome in […]

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Phoenix, Ginebra hope to stay in twice-to-beat race

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Barangay Ginebra and Phoenix Petroleum clash Sunday night in one of the key matches in the homestretch of the PBA Philippine Cup elimination round, each one fighting to stay in the race for a twice-to-beat advantage in the quarterfinals.        Both in a heavy pack behind runaway leader San Miguel Beer, the Gin Kings and […]

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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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Rookie Wright keen on helping Phoenix win

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Phoenix rookie Matthew Wright has been consistently delivering the goods for the Fuel Masters in the ongoing PBA Philippine Cup.  In fact, the St. Bonaventure University standout is averaging 17.5 points, 5.7 rebounds, 2.5 assists, and 1.0 steals per outing, good enough to keep him in second place behind Blackwater’s Mac Belo in the Rookie […]

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Trollano, Matias help ROS overcome absence of key players

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With Gabe Norwood and Raymond Almazan missing Rain or Shine’s tussle with Phoenix due to injuries, coach Caloy Garcia dug deep from his bag of tricks. Luckily for Garcia, his reserves delivered with the Elasto Painters drawing 56 points from their bench in their 97-82 rout, showing once again that they have the depth to […]

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Rain or Shine dedicates season to late No. 1 supporter ‘Mommy Yu’

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It has been an emotional holiday season for Rain or Shine, but the team is relieved that somehow, it was able to start the year on the right note with a 97-82 win over Phoenix on Sunday. And the Elasto Painters dedicated the victory to no less than their top supporter Margaret “Mommy” Yu, who […]

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Cruz plays through flu, lifts Painters to 5th win

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Feeling under the weather ahead of its Rain or Shine’s first game of the year, Jericho Cruz hoped that somehow, he will still be able to perform against Phoenix. “Coming into this game, I didn’t expect coach Caloy to give me playing time because I was sick for four days,” Cruz said as he made […]

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Phoenix blows chance to move up in loss to Rain or Shine

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There’s nothing Matthew Wright feels but regret following Phoenix’s 97-82 loss to Rain or Shine on Sunday. “We had a chance to go to number two, but we blew it. You don’t get a lot of opportunities like that especially when there’s only three or four games left,” he said. The Fuel Masters blew a chance […]

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Cruz-led Rain or Shine downs Phoenix, gains solo 2nd

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Rain or Shine was missing two key players and there were also worries about its long layoff. The Elasto Painters proved such concerns were unfounded when they came out a 97-82 victor over Phoenix Sunday to claim solo second spot in the 2017 PBA Philippine Cup at Smart Araneta Coliseum. Rain or Shine used an early surge […]

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Coming off collapse, Batang Pier survive meltdown

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Finally, GlobalPort can turn over a new leaf. Haunted by their monumental collapse last week, the Batang Pier exorcised their demons and came away with a 97-89 victory over the Meralco Bolts on Friday. Taking notes from its heartbreaking 101-99 loss to Phoenix last Dec. 28 where it squandered a 26-point lead in the fourth quarter, […]

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Fresh Painters wary of rust vs streaking Fuel Masters

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A well-rested Rain or Shine team and a Phoenix side coming off an epic win collide in what promises to be a very exciting match Sunday in the PBA Philippine Cup at Smart Araneta Coliseum. The Elasto Painters are looking to at least keep their share of second-running spot, a position the Fuel Masters also covet. With […]

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Phoenix’s Enciso aims to make All-Star team next year

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Having an explosive sophomore year, Phoenix point guard Simon Enciso is on a mission to hit a big target in 2017. The 5-foot-11 Enciso revealed he is eyeing to play in next year’s All-Star Game which features the best cagers in the PBA. “To be part of the All-Star,” the 25-year old playmaker emphatically said. “I […]

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GlobalPort deputy on meltdown: ‘We stopped playing defense’

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Christmas may be over but GlobalPort experienced what it’s like getting a visit from the Grinch.  On Wednesday, the Batang Pier was having their way against Phoenix but nothing would have prepared them against the Fuel Masters’ furious fourth-quarter fightback. Globalport assistant coach Cholo Villanueva said it was his team’s lackadaisical defensive effort in the […]

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Borboran in right place at right time for game-winning tip

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When Phoenix needed a hero in its late-game rally against GlobalPort, one unassuming veteran stepped up from seemingly out of nowhere. Mark Borboran, has never been the guy to stand out in a PBA game, but on Wednesday he made sure his presence, though quiet, would ring out in the Fuel Masters’ 101-99 victory over […]

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Communication vital in Phoenix comeback win, says Baguio

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With Phoenix once again on the verge of a humiliating defeat, a veteran voice made sure the Fuel Masters would not go down as afterthoughts. Cyrus Baguio, despite playing horribly in the first three quarters, played a huge role not only on the stat sheets but also in the Fuel Masters’ intangibles in their 101-99 […]

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Phoenix rallies from 26 down, stuns GlobalPort

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True to its name, Phoenix rose from the ashes and shone in the end. Mark Borboran came up big in the fourth, including the game-winning tip with 2.4 seconds remaining as the Fuel Masters completed the 26-point comeback to stun GlobalPort, 101-99, Wednesday in the 2017 PBA Philippine Cup at Cuneta Astrodome in Pasay. “We didn’t quit. […]

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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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Player of the Week: JC Intal unleashing old form for Phoenix

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Now fully recovered from a foot injury that sidelined him for a great deal late last season JC Intal has flashed his old, deadly form to lead resurgent Phoenix to back-to-back victories last week. Nicknamed “Baby Rocket”, Intal banged in five of his team-high 22 points in the final 60 seconds to help Phoenix complete […]

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Intal, Phoenix blast winless Mahindra

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Phoenix kept its fire burning and razed woeful Mahindra, 114-104, for its second straight win in the 2017 PBA Philippine Cup Sunday at Mall of Asia Arena. After stunning defending champions San Miguel Beermen on Wednesday, the Fuel Masters continued their momentum and improved to 2-1 while sending the Floodbuster to a 0-3 record. Phoenix, however, experienced a bit […]

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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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Intal leads Phoenix upset of SMB

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ANTIPOLO – JC Intal, a regular starter from their Barako Bull days, was surprised when told he’s playing off the bench.         He took that as a challenge, responding big time to lead Phoenix Petroleum to a first-ever win over San Miguel Beer. The 2015 FIBA Asia veteran churned out a big game in a relief […]

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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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Banal, Alolino 1-2 in regular draft; Ginebra picks Jamito

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Blackwater tapped the services of Raphael Banal, picking the guard first in the 2016 PBA Rookie Draft Sunday at Robinsons Place Manila. The 23-year-old guard from Hope International University – California impressed a lot of scouts during the two-day Draft Combine showing his abilities as one of the field’s elite wingers. Banal, who is the son of […]

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Abueva leads Aces rout of Fuel Masters

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Alaska is back. The Aces’ streak now stands at three as they recaptured their thunder on the defensive end and routed Phoenix, 103-87 Saturdayin the 2016 PBA Governors’ Cup at Mall of Asia Arena. RJ Jazul topscored for Alaska with 19 points, six assists, three boards, and two steals, but it was Calvin Abueva who injected […]

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Phoenix escapes NLEX in OT

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Phoenix overcame NLEX, 95-91, to move up to seventh place in the 2016 PBA Governors Cup at Smart Araneta Coliseum Friday night.          Eugene Phelps worked on a huge double-double with 29 points and 26 rebounds while Cyrus Baguio and Mark Borboran had their crucial exploits in the clutch as the Fuel Masters notched a third win against […]

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TNT shoots down Phoenix for sixth straight win

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ANTIPOLO—TNT KaTropa remained immaculate in the PBA Governors’ Cup, taking down upset-seeking Phoenix, 124-117, for its sixth straight win Friday here at Ynares Center. The Texters remained undefeated while the Fuel Masters saw their two-game win streak and slip to 2-4. TNT posted a league-season-high 19 triples, which translates to sixth all-time in PBA history. […]

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Borboran just kept himself ready for 4th quarter break

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If the term “role player” had a personification, it would be Mark Borboran. Since being drafted back in 2008, the former Red Warrior out of University of the East has bounced around the league and got into five teams. He averaged more than five points per game in a season just once during the 2014-2015 […]

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Phoenix rises from poor 1st half, snaps Mahindra’s 4-game streak

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Phoenix rose up from a dreadful first half and snapped Mahindra’s four-game win streak in the PBA Governors’ Cup with a 100-94 shocker Friday at Smart Araneta Coliseum. Mahindra had a 20-point lead, 34-14, in the first half but the Fuel Masters slowly chipped it away and proceeded to erupt in the fourth quarter, outscoring the […]

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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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Phelps loses tooth, carries Phoenix to its 1st win

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They don’t call Eugene Phelps “El Destructor” for nothing. And on Sunday, the Long Beach State alum showed why, leading Phoenix to a 120-107 victory over GlobalPort for its first win of the tournament. The debuting reinforcement waxed hot early and unleashed 52 points, 16 rebounds, and six assists to lead the Fuel Masters to their […]

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Phelps drops 52, leads Phoenix over GlobalPort

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THE man they call “‘El Destructor” during his stints in Central America just lived up to the billing. Eugene Phelps unveiled a gem of a game with a conference-high 52 points on top of 16 rebounds in powering Phoenix to a 120-107 win over GlobalPort Sunday in the 2016 PBA Governors Cup at the Smart Araneta Coliseum. […]

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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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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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Baguio feeling ‘at home’ as he reunites with former teammates

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Cyrus Baguio had a long illustrious career with the Alaska Aces where he won two of his three titles and got several Finals appearances. He may have left his team of spent six years, but Baguio already feels at home with his new team in the Phoenix Fuel Masters. Baguio reunited with familiar faces from […]

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Meralco survives pesky Phoenix to open Governors’ Cup

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Meralco found the right voltage in the end-game and gave Phoenix a jolt for a 108-103 win to open its campaign in the PBA Governors’ Cup Friday at Smart Araneta Coliseum. It was a back-and-forth tirade up until the final two minutes when the Bolts controlled the current and the Fuel Masters were forced to […]

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Phoenix newcomer Cruz sees Baguio as mentor, challenger

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Mark Cruz has yet to make a proper impression in the PBA and with his trade from Star to Phoenix, the diminutive point guard could still face another hurdle. Joining Cruz as a newcomer to the Fuel Masters is veteran guard Cyrus Baguio. Cruz was formerly part of a Hotshots squad that included Mark Barroca […]

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Blakely, Star face Mahindra in Govs’ Cup opener

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Returning imports Allen Durham and Marqus Blakely seek to set their sail right when they take the first dip in the opening day of the 2016 PBA Governors’ Cup on Friday. Durham makes his PBA comeback for Meralco and he looks to lead the Bolts when they take on the Phoenix Fuel Masters at 4:15 p.m. at Smart […]

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Cruz, Enciso look to speed up Phoenix’s running game

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Exciting times ahead for Phoenix as it welcomes its new backcourt duo in Mark Cruz and Simon Enciso. The rookies are expected to take the reins in ushering coach Ariel Vanguardia’s run-and-gun system this 2016 PBA Governors’ Cup, and the young turks expressed their readiness for the challenge that lies ahead. “It’s fun. We’re in […]

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Uichico hopes Castro and co. can ease back into TNT after Gilas duty

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Not a lot has gone well for TNT in the offseason. With four of their core players spending time with the national team, the Tropa have struggled to find their footing as they prepare for the grind in the 2016 PBA Governors’ Cup. TNT was able to save its face, though, trumping Phoenix on Saturday […]

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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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GAMES TIME
Star Hotshots VS Blackwater Elite 4:15 PM Game #57
TNT Ka Tropa VS Global Port Batang Pier 7:00 PM Game #58
WEDNESDAY, JAN 25 CUNETA ASTRODOME
Mahindra Flood Buster VS NLEX Road Warriors 4:15 PM Game #59
Phoenix Petroleum Fuel Masters VS Alaska Aces 7:00 PM Game #60
FRIDAY, JAN 27 CUNETA ASTRODOME
Meralco Bolts VS Star Hotshots 3:00 PM Game #61
San Miguel Beermen VS TNT Ka Tropa 5:15 PM Game #62
SATURDAY, JAN 28 PHILSPORTS ARENA
Global Port Batang Pier VS Rain or Shine Elasto Painters 4:30 PM Game #63
NLEX Road Warriors VS Barangay Ginebra San Miguel 6:45 PM Game #64
SUNDAY, JAN 29 CUNETA ASTRODOME