The Phoenix Fuel Masters were able to outlast the Barangay Ginebra San Miguel in a rare double overtime game in the Smart Araneta Coliseum. Final score was 103-98.
Matthew Wright went sizzling especially in the second half as he helped his Fuel Masters with his 19 points while teammate Jeff Chan led all local Phoenix players with his 22 points.
Eugene Phelps who replaced the injured James White scored 25 points, 14 rebounds in his first action this 2018 in the PBA. Phelps was originally hired for the third conference but White has suffered a foot injury prior to this game.
Almost the entire first half was controlled by the Fuel Masters but on the third quarter the “Never-Say-Die” spirit of Ginebra got activated. The Gin Kings stormed back and trimmed the Phoenix lead with only a basket at the end of the third quarter.
Ginebra’s surge continue in the final quarter as they kept the score close. Then on the final few seconds, Japeth Aguilar was able to convert a three-pointer that ties the ball-game with 85-all.
In the first overtime, Aguilar once more had the chance to win the game. Unfortunately his wide open layup was a miss which puts all of the Ginebra fans heart-broken.
In the next extra period, Phoenix made sure that their opponent can no longer make another run as they clamp down Japeth Aguilar while his big-man counterpart Justin Chua able to drill down a crucial basket and puts Phoenix on top.
Japeth Aguilar led Ginebra’s offense with his 25 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists while Scottie Thompson added 17 points.
Team NSD import Charles Garcia made a double-double performance with 19 points and 18 rebounds.
Phoenix vs Ginebra Box Score
Quarters: 21-16 | 46-30 | 64-62 | 85-85 | 92-92 (1OT) | 103-98 (2OT)
Phoenix (103): Phelps 25, Chan 22, Wright 19, Perkins 12, Jazul 12, Chua 4, Kramer 4, Intal 3, Wilson 2, Revilla 0
Ginebra (98): Aguilar 25, Garcia 19, Thompson 17, Slaughter 14, Devance 10, Tenorio 9, Taha 2, Mariano 2, Caguioa 0, Ferrer 0