EUGENE Phelps admitted he is eyeing to win the Best Import of the conference in the PBA Governors’ Cup.
The explosive Phoenix import said he is aiming at an individual award for the top reinforcement of the conference. In order to reach that individual goal, though, Phelps recognizes Phoenix needs to go deeper into the playoffs, meaning he has to continue to lead the team in the final stretch of the conference.
“Honestly, I’m trying to win the import of the year [conference],” said Phelps. “I understand that to get that, we have to go at least the semifinals. That’s the goal. Top four at least.”
“Once you get to the Final Four, we can probably get to the championship and once we get there, anything is possible. I’m just going to work hard in practice and in games and see where it goes,” said Phelps.
On Wednesday, Phelps once again proved that he is a strong candidate for the Best Import of the conference award after finishing with 51 points and 20 rebounds in Phoenix’s 123-97 win over NLEX at the Cuneta Astrodome.
Last year, Phelps also made a similar feat at the same venue when he had 53 points and 21 rebounds in the 2017 Commissioner’s Cup against Blackwater.
But while he scored his second 50-point game in the Pasay venue, Phelps said he also had his tough moments at the Astrodome.
“Me and this gym got a love-hate relationship. This is my second 50-ball here but the last time we played Alaska, I was drained and was so tired. Today was different. It’s a love-hate relationship here. But like I said, we got the win. We don’t care about the 50-ball because if I got 50 and we lost it don’t matter. It’s the win that matters,” Phelps said.
With the way the team is performing, Phelps is confident Phoenix will get a crack at the top four, which gives the teams a twice-to-beat advantage in the quarterfinals. So far, it has been a tight race for the four spots with Ginebra, Magnolia, Blackwater, and Alaska on top of the heap.
“We got three more games. We just have to worry of ourselves. If we just focus on ourselves, get the next three games, one of the top teams is going to slide down and we will see what happens,” said Phelps.