Phoenix overcame an impressive second-half comeback from San Miguel Beer and a productive performance by Terrence Romeo to win 106-101 on Wednesday’s PBA On Tour at Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig City.
Tyler Tio took a three-way lead with 48.9 seconds remaining allowing Fuel Masters to win despite losing a 26-point lead in his first appearance in a two-month showdown streak.
Fuel Masters is competing on On Tour sans Encho Serrano, who Phoenix management say has refused to extend his two-year contract and is said to be heading to the MPBL to play for his home province of Pampanga.
Coach Jamike Jarin took advantage of the game to spend precious minutes on Tio, RR Garcia and J-Jay Alejandro, rarely used keeper who scored 10 points after 29 minutes.
San Miguel failed even though Romeo scored 27 points in his first game in a Beermen uniform since facing a hamstring injury in most recent Governors awards.
Romeo has hit 12 of 23 shots from the field, added five rebounds and seven assists, but is still struggling to find his rhythm.
Jun Mar Fajardo saw no action, as did CJ Perez and Chris Ross, just joined Gilas Pilipinas .’s arduous gold medal win in the Cambodia Southeast Asian Games.
Simon Camacho had 15 points for Phoenix before being injured in the fourth inning while Tio dropped 14 points even as Raul Soyud (10 points and 10 rebounds) and Larry Muyang (11 points and 12 rebounds) tried. double force.
Jericho Cruz’s trio put San Miguel 98-97 ahead with less than four minutes remaining after a 53-27 lead in the second half.
Two fouls by Mo Tautuaa made it 101-98, but the Beermen would never score in the final two minutes as Phoenix scored eight in a row to win.
PHOENIX 106 — Camacho 15, Tio 14, Muyang 11, Garcia 11, Alejandro 10, Lojera 10, Lalata 7, Jazul 6, Atienza 2.
SAN MIGUEL 101 — Romeo 27, Herndon 21, Tautuaa 16, Cruz 12, Brondial 12, Baclao 6, Bulanadi 4, Lee 3, Saldua 0, Faundo 0.
Rounds: 37-17, 61-44, 89-78, 106-101.
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