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Phoenix overcomes NLEX in Calvin Abueva’s return

By: - Reporter / @MarkGiongcoINQ
/ 09:11 PM October 26, 2020
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MANILA, Philippines — Calvin Abueva had a triumphant return, helping Phoenix survive NLEX, 114-110, in the PBA Philippine Cup Monday night at AUF Sports Arena & Cultural Center in Angeles, Pampanga.

Playing in just his first game in 16 months, Abueva made up for lost time, posting 21 points, 13 rebounds and seven assists.

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“I really prepared hard heading into my first game,” Abueva said in Filipino.

The 32-year-old Pampanga native capped off his sterling performance with a timely basket that put the Fuel Masters ahead for good, 110-108, with only 42.4 ticks to go.

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Justin Chua sank four free throws in the final 13.7 seconds to clinch Phoenix’s fourth win in six outings.

Jason Perkins also chalked up a double-double for the Fuel Masters with 20 points and 13 rebounds before fouling out with still 1:19 remaining.

Matthew Wright topscored 28 points while Chua added 19 as Phoenix erased a double-digit deficit in the third period.

NLEX dropped its fifth game in six stints despite drawing big production from Raul Soyud, who delivered 27 points on 12-of-14 shooting from the field, including a perfect 11-of-11 shooting from the two-point area.

Road Warriors guard Kiefer Ravena finished with 18 points and 10 assists while JR Quiñahan and Kevin Alas scored 18 and 15 points, respectively.

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