PBA: RJ Jazul boosts Phoenix past Rain or Shine for 2nd straight win
MANILA, Philippines-Phoenix Super LPG got a streak going on Sunday night after holding off Rain or Shine, 106-102, in a tight endgame at Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City.
RJ Jazul shot the lights out, converting six of his eight tries from deep to put up 25 points to grease the Fuel Masters’ march to 2-2.
Matthew Wright turned in 20 points that went with six rebounds and six assists. Jason Perkins added 17 points and nine rebounds while Sean Anthony 14 and seven.
“We just brought the experience we gained from playing (Terrafirma). We’re simply blessed to get the same result,” coach Topex Robinson said of the poise his charges showed towards the end of the contest.
Rey Nambatac had 27 points in a gallant stand that helped the Painters move within 103-100 with 49 ticks remaining.
Beau Belga, Mike Nieto, Andrei Caracut, and Jewel Ponferrada pumped in double-digit scores in the losing effort that dealt the club its third straight loss in four games.
Phoenix hopes to go above .500 when it battles Magnolia Friday next week, also at the bayside venue.
Rain or Shine, on the other hand, will try to survive a TNT side set to reunite with top gun Mikey Williams. The two clubs battle Thursday at Ynares Center in Antipolo.
PHOENIX 106 – Jazul 25, Wright 20, Perkins 17, Anthony 14, Muyang 11, Tio 7, Porter 4, Serrano 4, Mocon 2, Pascual 2, Garcia 0, Lalata 0, Rios 0, Melecio 0.
RAIN OR SHINE 102 – Nambatac 27, Belga 15, Nieto 12, Caracut 12, Ponferrada 10, Santillan 9, Demusis 9, Asistio 3, Norwood 3, Torres 2, Mamuyac 0.
Quarters: 33-25, 54-45, 85-81, 106-100.