DESPITE losing one front tooth and sporting a busted lip, Eugene Phelps was all smiles and even managed to crack jokes when he talked to reporters in the post-game conference on Sunday.
The new Phoenix import had all the reason to after leading the Fuel Maters to their first win in the PBA Governors’ Cup, a 120-107 win over GlobalPort.
Getting hit by Batang Pier counterpart Mike Glover’s elbow that caused his injury late in the third didn’t stop Phelps from staying aggressive as he scattered a whopping 52 points in his debut.
“No, (it didn’t affect my game). I’m used to it,” said Phelps, who went to the hospital to get his lip stitched up and is set for a visit to a dentist on Monday morning to get an tooth implant.
“It happened to me two times - one time in Mexico, one time in Puerto Rico, so i know how to play through it.”
As a result, Phelps scored the most points by an import making his debut since Darius Rice fired 56 for Purefoods in 2008 – a feat the Fuel Masters import played down.
“I really don't care about the points, you know, as long as we win,” he said. “I mean, if i have ten, fifteen points, and we win, that's all that matters.”
The former Long Beach State standout, though, admitted having an inkling of surpassing his previous personal-high of 42 when he put up 19 points in the first quarter alone.
“I mean, not really (expecting), but in the first quarter, I kind of felt it a little bit,” he said. “And my teammates kept on giving me the ball and coach kept running plays for me, so it happened.”
And Phelps hopes to keep building chemistry with the locals.
“Everything is good: my teammates are good, coaches are good,” he said. “The only thing bad is the traffic.”