The Phoenix Fuel Masters overpowered the Alaska Aces, 91-76, through 31 points explosion of Jason Perkins in the Philippine Cup Sunday night.
Perkins found his rythm on 11-of-15 shooting from the field and nine rebounds as the Fuel Masters secured a semifinal berth for the first time in franchise history. Phoenix was 0-6 in the playoffs before this game.
“We’re serious in what we’re trying to achieve. We’re here to win it,” said Perkins.
The Fuel Masters started strong and never looked back after leading a 72-49 after three quarters. Phoenix increased it, 89-61 with 3:53 left in the game.
Calvin Abueva helped the Fuel Masters with 12 points, 11 rebounds and 5 assists coming off the bench.
While the Aces tried to stay afloat in the second quarter, Perkins scored eight straight points to lead a 10-0 run for Phoenix that distanced the game.
For Alaska, JV Casio scored 19 points while Simon Enciso added 15 in a losing cause. Matthew Wright scored 14 points in what was considered an off night for the shooter.
“We just got to the semifinals and we’re waiting for San Miguel and TNT who are both heavyweight teams,” said Phoenix head coach Louie Alas. “But we’re not complaining. We won our first game in the playoffs and we made the semis for the first time so we’re more than happy.”