Phoenix rallies from 26-point deficit to beat GlobalPort


Mark Borboran furiously mounted high to drop a game-winning basket that brought back Phoenix from 26 points deficit to massively disappoint GlobalPort, 101-99 in the 2017 PBA Philippine Cup Wednesday night in the Cuneta Astrodome, Pasay City.

The 6-foot-4 inch small forward fired a career-high 23 points, one of which came in when just 2.4 left as the Fuel Masters pulled off another hot victory to sustain the pitch along with Blackwater Elite at 4-3. The GlobalPort however melted to join the sixth place with even 3-3 card along with Star, Ginebra and Alaska.

Ariel Vanguardia, the coach of Phoenix when emotional after the event and said –

“We didn’t quit. We still played this game and didn’t give up,” “It was my fault early in the game, my game plan didn’t work and Terrence was scoring at will,”

“We made adjustments in the fourth, and good thing we got stops. JC (Intal) and Borbs (Borboran) were big down the stretch.”

Phoenix were at 26-point down 84-61 with just 11.49 remaining while entering 4th quarter, and had no other choice than perform aguishly. The Fuel Master amped up its defense and soon found it tallied GlobalPort, after which the team outscored the Batang Pier 40-15 in the last quarter.

Matthew Wright, the Phoenix rookie added 19 points while veteran guard Cyrus Baguio played dramatic by notching all his 7 points in final two minutes and 24 seconds.

For Batang Pier, Terrance Romeo was the big deal that added 32 points and 9 assists.

The Scores:

PHOENIX 101 – Borboran 23, Wright 19, Enciso 14, Intal 9, Baguio 7, J. Wilson 7, Alolino 6, Torres 5, Lanete 5, Caperal 4, Hayes 2, W. Wilson 0.

GLOBALPORT 99 – Romeo 32, Pringle 15, Pennisi 12, Quinahan 10, Pessumal 10, Canaleta 8, Mamaril 4, Maierhofer 4, Cortez 4, Aban 0.

Quarters: 20-22, 42-53, 61-84, 101-99.