Phoenix earns quarterfinals berth, beats Ginebra | Inquirer Sports

Phoenix earns quarterfinals berth, beats Ginebra

/ 09:55 PM January 22, 2017

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Phoenix clinched a quarterfinals seat with a wire-to-wire win over Barangay Ginebra, 79-73, Sunday in the 2017 PBA Philippine Cup at Philsports Arena in Pasig.

The win pushed the Fuel Masters to solo second with a 6-4 card.

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“We proved to ourselves that we can defend. We take some pride in our defense,” said Phoenix coach Ariel Vanguardia.

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Phoenix limited Ginebra to only 2-of-22 shooting from threes while also holding the Gin Kings to a measly 35 percent clip from the field.

Matthew Wright topped the Fuel Masters with 18 points, five rebounds, and five assists, while JC Intal tallied a double-double with 16 markers and 10 boards.

Willy Wilson had 10 points to go with 12 rebounds while Simon Enciso had 11.

With Phoenix holding a 12-point lead, Ginebra fought back and pulled to within six, 73-67, on a Joe Devance basket at the 3:20 mark, but Intal and Enciso drained back-to-back threes with 1:49 left to play to bring the lead back to 10, 79-69.

Ginebra fell to an even 5-5 slate, good for a share of seventh place with Blackwater.

“I’ve been looking forward to having a chance to coach against coach Tim. He’s the winningest coach in the PBA. You cannot outcoach him but I told my guys you got to help me outwork them. And today, they did,” said Vanguardia.

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Tenorio finished with 15 points, three rebounds and three assists for the Gin Kings, while Scottie Thompson collected 10 markers and eight rebounds.

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Ginebra missed the services of Japeth Aguilar, who is recovering from a hyperextended right elbow.

TAGS: 2017 Philippine Cup, Barangay Ginebra Kings, PBA, Phoenix Fuel Masters

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