The Phoenix Super LPG Fuel Masters is scheduled for a head-to-head game against the Blackwater Elite at 1:00 PM on November 9, 2020, live from the AUF Sports Arena and Cultural Center in Angeles City, Pampanga.
Phoenix leaned on RJ Jazul’s career-high 33 points and a three-point barrage to spur itself into the quarterfinals of the PBA bubble at the expense of San Miguel Beer, 110-103.
The former Letran Knight took over when Matthew Wright was held way below his usual production, highlighting his performance with 23 of his points in the pivotal fourth quarter that fully pulled the Fuel Masters beyond the Beermen’s grasp. Jazul spiked his performance with nine of Phoenix’s total 22 three-pointers, his last giving the team a safe 110-101 separation, only 13.3 ticks left.
Wright was held to just 10 points, 16 below his league-leading average. He did have 10 assists and seven boards but not after sitting out three minutes in the fourth period after an F1 call for elbowing Alex Cabagnot in the jaw.
Jason Perkins added 27 points and 10 rebounds, RR Garcia 11 points, and Justin Chua hauled down a career-high 17 caroms to go with his seven points.
The do-it-all forward Calvin Abueva had seven points, 10 rebounds, and four dimes.
Phoenix improved to a 6-3 win-loss record and join early qualifiers TNT Tropang Giga and Barangay Ginebra San Miguel Gin Kings in the last eight.
Meanwhile, the Elite revived Rain or Shine’s quarterfinal drive as they surrendered yet another win to the latter, 87-71.
In the fourth period, Blackwater tried to rally back, but it could only come to within eight points when everything was already settled with 34 seconds remaining.
Mac Belo played his best game in the bubble with 15 and 8 boards, but it wasn’t enough to end the Elite’s misery. Guard Roi Sumang and veteran Nino Canaleta added 11 points apiece for the Elite, who have lost six straight.
This is practically a no-bearing game for the Elite; however, for the twice-to-beat seeking Fuel Masters, it is a must-win to solidify their grasp in the Top 4.