Tenorio lifts Ginebra; Phoenix turns back NLEX

Barangay Ginebra suddenly woke up when it mattered the most as it edges GlobalPort Batang Pier, 104-97, last January 7 at the Smart Araneta Coliseum in the continuation of the Philippine Cup in the 2018 season of the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA).

LA Tenorio drives in the lane against GlobalPort defenders. (Photo courtesy: rappler.com)

The Kings started slow due to the long holiday break but turned up a notch just in time to register their second straight win in as many games.

LATenorio, who scored consecutive three-pointers that sparked the comeback, finished with 17 points, seven assists, five rebounds, and two steals in 38 minutes and went 7-of-16 from the field.

Japeth Aguilar paced Ginebra with 21 markers, nine rebounds, six blocked shots and four assists while front court partner Greg Slaughter added 18 points, nine caroms, and five blocks.

Sean Anthony scored a team-high 29 points, nine rebounds, four steals, and three assists in a breakout game in 39 minutes for the Batang Pier.

Stanley Pringle added 23 markers in a losing effort.

In the first game, the Phoenix Fuel Masters rode on the explosion by a returning Jeff Chan, subduing the NLEX Road Warriors, 102-95.

Chan, who came from a flu missing their previous game, scored 18 points off the bench during the first three quarters.

Matthew Wright leads Phoenix in a big win over NLEX. (Photo courtesy: PBA Images)

Matthew Wright led Phoenix with 19 markers highlighted by four triples – dealing the Road Warriors their first loss in three games.

The Fuel Masters improved to 2-1 win-loss record.

Larry Fonacier registered 22 points to lead all scorers as prized rookie Kiefer Ravena was held to only eight points on 4-for-13 shooting.

 

Scores:

First game:

Phoenix (102) – Wright 19, Chan 18, Jazul 15, Perkins 14, Chua 12, Kramer 10, Revilla 6, Wilson 2, Intal 2, Dehesa 2, Eriobu 2, Alolino 0.

NLEX (95) – Fonacier 22, Tiongson 12, Miranda 10, Quiñahan 10, Al-Hussaini 8, Ravena 8, Taulava 6, Alas 6, Baguio 4, Gotladera 3, Ighalo 3, Buenafe 3.

Quarterscores: 19-25, 54-53, 88-73, 102-95.

 

Second game:

Barangay Ginebra (104) – Aguilar 21, Slaughter 18, Tenorio 17, Mariano 11, Cruz 10, Thompson 9, Ferrer 8, Caguioa 7, Taha 3.

GlobalPort (97) – Anthony 29, Pringle 23, Nabong 12, Sargent 12, Grey 9, Guinto 7, Arana 5, Taha 0, Elorde 0, Flores 0, Gabayni 0.

Quarterscores: 19-23, 46-48, 68-77, 104-97.

 

 

Game highlights:

 

 

Aris Ignacio is from the Philippines and has always been a big fan of Philippine basketball. Aris’ follows the Philippine Basketball Association since the late 80’s and has learned the history and personalities of the PBA. He also has interest with other basketball tournaments in the Philippines and beyond most specifically college basketball (UAAP, NCAA), the Asian Basketball League (ABL), FIBA Asia and World Cup tournaments. Global Basketball is Aris’ second writing assignment besides Asia-basket.com. Follow Aris Ignacio on Twitter at aris_ignacio.

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