The Phoenix Petroleum Fuel Masters is scheduled for a head-to-head game against the GlobalPort Batang Pier at 4:30 P.M. on June 20, 2018 live from the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
Both the Batang Pier and the Fuel Masters will attempt to improve its chances on making to the next round when 2018 PBA Commissioner’s Cup resumes this afternoon.
It was a busy week for PBA office and this involves Barangay Ginebra San Miguel, Phoenix and GlobalPort. The Fuel Masters has traded one of their ace shooters in Jeff Chan for a future first-round pick of the Gin Kings while the Batang Pier has sent their rookie Julian Sargent for Ginebra’s Paolo Taha.
For GlobalPort, they are fresh from stealing a game against the defending champion, the San Miguel Beermen. Stanley Pringle and Nico Elorde made stellar play while the time is running out in the fourth quarter. Elorde made his three-pointer from a Pringle pass as the game’s momentum shifted to Batang Pier’s side.
Coach Pido Jarencio wanted his troops to play similar way when they clash with their 4:30 PM opponent.
“We have to play consistent, good basketball defensively and offensively versus Phoenix,” stressed GlobalPort coach Pido Jarencio.
Stanley Pringle who is still fresh from his FIBA 3X3 2018 World Cup stint just named as the Cignal-PBA Press Corps Player of the Week. The sleek guard edged Meralco’s Jared Dillinger and KG Canaleta, Rain or Shine’s James Yap and Beau Belga and Ginebra playmaker LA Tenorio.
He is one of the reasons that probably puts coach Louie Alas to adjust his current basketball strategies. “We just have to contain their penetrations, fastbreak points and limit Pringle,” said Alas.
The Fuel Masters is currently at a four-game losing skid but their chances to make it to the next round still possible.
“Hard but doable,” said Phoenix coach Louie Alas.