The Phoenix Petroleum Fuel Masters is scheduled for a head-to-head game against the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters at 4:30 P.M. on January 17, 2018 live from the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
The hot streaking Fuel Masters are looking for a three-game straight victories against the struggling Elasto Painters in today’s PBA curtain raiser action.
Newly installed Phoenix coach Louie Alas seen his team having a resemblance to NLEX Road Warriors, a team which they have defeated last more than a week ago.
Today, they’ll be battling a team which is much identical to coach Yeng Guiao’s present squad but the difference, they have already proven success playing as a team.
“Parang may semblance din ng NLEX yan, e,” said the Phoenix coach. “But mas mahirap na laban ito, kasi mas matagal ng magkakasama ang mga yan (Elasto Painters). Mas beteranong team na ito,” Alas added.
Phoenix managed to collect wins versus the Road Warriors and the currently league-worst in terms of win-loss card, the Kia Picanto. Their only loss so far was against the defending champion, the San Miguel Beermen where they played during the PBA season 43 opener.
For the Elasto Painters on the other hand, big-man center Beau Belga and the rest of the team are searching for an answers how to get back on their winning ways.
After their stellar performance versus Talk ‘N Text KaTropa, Rain or Shine went downhill and absorbed back-to-back loses.
“Wala ng ia-underestimate dito sa liga ngayon. Lahat dito kailangan paghirapan mong manalo,” said Belga.