Here are the live scores, updates, and results of the 2022 PBA Commissioner’s Cup between the NorthPort Batang Pier and the Phoenix LPG Fuelmasters scheduled on September 21, 2022, at 5:45 PM.
Both the Batang Pier and the Fuelmasters are at the bottom of the standings of the just concluded 2022 PBA Philippine Cup. Both squads are only good for three victories which they can use as a motivation if they wanted to reverse their story this second conference.
Speaking about motivations in this import-laden tournament, Northport will be bringing back Prince Ibeh who helped the squad coached by Pido Jarencio reach the top of the standings back in the 2019 PBA Commissioner’s Cup. Probably one of the best seasons in Batang Pier’s PBA history.
Ibeh will be greeted with many different faces as their mother club executed several trades, the most recent acquisitions are Jeff Chan, Arvin Tolentino, Prince Caperal, and Kent Salado in exchange for high-flyer forward Jamie Malonzo as the team got involved in a three-team trade (with San Miguel Beermen).
These ex-Kings will definitely help transform Northport into a much more competitive squad and there is a good chance that they may surpass what they have achieved in the same conference versus two years ago.
For Phoenix camp on the other hand, apart from Matthew Wright who opted not to renew his contract with the Fuelmasters and instead took his talents overseas, coach Topix Robinson’s squad may also miss the services of their reliable big man in Jason Perkins. The team will now turn to Sean Anthony to fuel their energy in the game and of course from their import Kaleeb Wesson.
Wesson is one of the youngest foreign players in this conference at 23 years old. He played at Ohio State Buckeyes during his college years while in high school he was rated 97 by 247Sports while ESPN gave him 72.
Though he went undrafted in the 2020 NBA draft his international basketball resume is enough to convince Phoenix to hire his services. He was part of the Filou Oostende club in the Belgian League and his most recent was with the Maccabi Rishon LeZion of the Israeli Basketball Premier league.