By Ivan Stewart Saldajeno
MANILA (Philippines News Agency) – Phoenix banked on an impressive start from Jason Perkins before pulling away for a 96-84 win over Terrafirma in the PBA Philippine Cup on Thursday at the Don Honorio Ventura State University Gym in Bacolor, Pampanga.
Perkins exploded for 20 points in the first half to keep Phoenix afloat against Terrafirma, which was trying to keep its three-game winning streak alive.
Perkins fizzled a bit in the second half and finished short of a career-high after totaling 28 points, but his fellow Fuel Masters took over as they pulled away for good in the fourth quarter.
Perkins went 10-of-17 from the field alongside four rebounds and four assists for Phoenix, which not just snapped Terrafirma’s three-game streak but also tied its victim at 3-5.
Vic Manuel added 18 points on 8-of-12 shooting, four rebounds, and one steal for the Fuel Masters.
Aldrech Ramos put up 13 markers, four boards, one dime, and one block for the Dyip. (PNA)