COLUMBIAN Dyip's playoff bid in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup got a shot in the arm after it ended a three-game slump at the expense of Phoenix, 115-107, on Sunday at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
Workhorse John Fields finally got the support he needed, with five locals reaching double digits and making most of their damage in the fourth quarter when Phoenix started to run out of gas.
Eric Camson set the tone for the Dyip in the final period, draining six consecutive points to open the quarter before Glen Khobuntin and Jeremy King finished things off for the Dyip.
Columbian's fourth win in nine games got the team back in the playoff picture, now in seventh place as the Fuel Masters dropped to ninth place with a 3-5 record.
“This is really big for us because it puts us in a good position for the playoffs,” said head coach Ricky Dandan.
“Of course there were times that we were down, but we just stuck to being positive. We looked at all of the positives as much as we could. There were positives against San Miguel.
"We also talked about our locals needing to contribute more not just offensively but defensively as well."
Fields had another monster game for the Dyip as he finished with 29 points, 26 rebounds and six assists. But the biggest difference of the night was the performance of the team's locals.
Khobuntin finished with 18 points while King contributed 15 points, 10 rebounds and five assists. The two combined for just one point in their losses to TNT and San Miguel.
Rashawn McCarthy had 15 points and eight assists, Camson finished with 13 as Ronald Tubid added 10 points.
The Fuel Masters looked fatigued two days after their overtime loss to Meralco, giving up 24 fastbreak points to the Dyip while also giving up 21 second-chance points.
Eugene Phelps finished with 34 points and 23 rebounds as Matthew Wright added 32 points, but they couldn't save the Fuel Masters from dropping their third straight loss.
Columbian Dyip 115 - Fields 29, Khobuntin 18, King 15, McCarthy 15, Camson 10, Escoto 6, Ababou 3, Corpuz 2, Sara 2, Cahilig 2, Celda 0
Phoenix 107 - Phelps 34, Wright 32, Perkins 14, Revilla 5, Intal 5, Wilson 5, Chan 4, Kramer 2, Chua 2, Jazul 2, Mendoza 2, Dehesa 0, Gamboa 0
Quarterscores: 29-17, 48-44, 75-73, 115-107