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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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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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Beermen enhance top two bid, pound Fuel Masters

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San Miguel Beer clung onto second spot and enhanced its bid for a twice-to-beat advantage in the quarterfinals as it fought back from an early 19-point deficit and repulsed Phoenix, 121-109, in the Oppo PBA Commissioner’s Cup at the Smart Araneta Coliseum Sunday night. The Beermen waged a chase in the second quarter, seized control in the […]

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Health issues, import woes contribute to GlobalPort’s fall

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GlobalPort ended its campaign in the 2016 PBA Commissioner’s Cup on a positive note but its 125-118 win won’t make its stint much less of a disaster as the Batang Pier were sent into an early exit. Star guard Terrence Romeo cited a number of factors that led to GlobalPort’s fall. “Kung napaaga yung dating […]

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Taggart, Romeo power GlobalPort past Phoenix

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Already out of playoff contention, GlobalPort eliminated Phoenix with a 125-118 win in the 2016 PBA Commissioner’s Cup Friday at Smart Araneta Coliseum. Terrence Romeo came out like a house on fire, pouring 25 of his 40 points in the first half. He also dished out six assists and had two rebounds to help snap […]

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Phoenix in must-win vs also-ran GlobalPort

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Whatever mettle Phoenix may have sure would be severely tested starting Friday. The Fuelmasters take on eliminated GlobalPort with the former seeking one of two wins they hope would be enough to propel them to the Oppo-PBA Commissioner’s Cup playoffs at the Smart Araneta Coliseum. Phoenix’s task does not end with the Batang Pier for coach […]

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Painters nip Fuel Masters, improve to 5-4

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Rain or Shine outplayed Phoenix down the stretch for a 109-104 win in the 2016 PBA Commissioner’s Cup Friday at Smart Araneta Coliseum. Jeff Chan scored a game-high 25 points off the bench on 7-of-12 shooting from the field, including three out of six from the three-point area to lead the Elasto Painters. Mo Charlo […]

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Phoenix, Rain or Shine in crucial tiff

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Rain or Shine and Phoenix both know now is the time to make their move if they hope to make the Oppo-PBA Commissioner’s Cup quarterfinals. That’s precisely the reason why the Elasto Painters and Fuelmasters aim to translate their heightened sense of urgency into game-winning performance when they clash Friday at Smart Araneta Coliseum. “We […]

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Phoenix outduels Blackwater in OT

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The wringer Phoenix expects to go through later on in the Oppo-PBA Commissioner’s Cup eliminations came early. The Fuelmasters sure got a taste of that Wednesday, having to go through overtime before hurdling Blackwater 124-120 to stoke their quarterfinals aspirations at the Smart Araneta Coliseum. Mac Baracael and Kevin Pinkney each scored 21 points and the latter and Chico Lanete […]

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Tenorio seizes another chance to win the game for Ginebra

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PANABO CITY — It seems that every time Barangay Ginebra needed someone to make the big shot, LA Tenorio has been that player to answer the call. Less than three weeks after rescuing the Kings against rival Star, the heady playmaker was at it again, this time drilling a game-winning 15-footer to beat Phoenix on Saturday in Panabo City. […]

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Phoenix spends time with Davao Boystown kids

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Sharing inspiration with the youth of Davao City, the PBA extended its hand on Friday and gave 39 kids an experience they will never forget. Phoenix players visited Davao Boystown and spent time with them, sharing blessings, hope and inspiration to the boys. JC Intal, RR Garcia, Willy Wilson, Jens Knuttel, Michael Miranda, and team manager Paolo Bugia […]

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Phoenix, Ginebra in crucial out-of-town tiff

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A stinging loss to JC Intal and company in the previous conference is a good reason for Barangay Ginebra to be wary of Phoenix Petroleum. “They beat us in the all-Filipino so we have a healthy respect for them,” said Ginebra coach Tim Cone ahead of their Petron Blaze out-of-town tussle in Panabo City on […]

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Banal has high praise for new import despite Phoenix’s loss to TNT

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Koy Banal is keeping an optimistic look with Phoenix’s recent change of import. “I want to be positive about that decision,” he said. Replacing Kenny Adeleke with Kevinn Pinkney, the Fuel Masters are hoping to add more firepower to its lineup. Unfortunately, three practices didn’t do it as they fell to TNT, 108-96 on Saturday. […]

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Garcia says endgame lapses led to Phoenix loss to Meralco

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RR Garcia rued the endgame miscues which proved to be the undoing for Phoenix in its 90-87 defeat to Meralco on Sunday. “Lapses lang sa dulo (We had lapses in the end). Siguro di rin kami nakapag-adjust (We weren’t able to make adjustments),” he said. Garcia’s frustration roots from a costly turnover in the waning […]

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Meralco center Al-Hussaini exits game with ankle injury

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Rabeh Al-Hussaini limped out of Smart Araneta Coliseum on Sunday after spraining his right ankle, but he will still go home with a smile on his face as Meralco stayed unbeaten in the 2016 PBA Commissioner’s Cup. Al-Hussaini only saw limited time on the floor only two minutes and 21 seconds before spraining his right […]

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Meralco stays unbeaten, beats Phoenix

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Meralco‘s defense came to the fore in the endgame, resulting in a 90-87 escape over Phoenix Sunday that kept the unbeaten Bolts firmly on top of the 2016 PBA Commissioner’s Cup at the Smart Araneta Coliseum. Arinze Onuaku capped his 17-point, 18-rebound game by blocking a potential game-tying three-point shot by Josh Urbiztondo in the last second. […]

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