FOR the first time, Eugene Phelps didn’t score 50 points or more in his debut with Phoenix last week in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup.
Phelps, however, doesn’t mind.
“I’m here to help the team. If I’m asked to score 10 points to help my team win, that’s all I care about,” said the 6-foot-6 Phelps.
The balik-import did win in first game back when he had 25 points, 14 rebounds, seven assists, and four steals for Phoenix last week in a 103-98 double-overtime victory over Barangay Ginebra before the All-Star break.
Phelps wants to give the Fuel Masters more wins as he plays for the Fuel Masters in the Commissioner’s Cup. He came early for the PBA Governors’ Cup but was activated for this conference after James White suffered an injury.
Currently, the Fuel Masters own a 3-2 win-loss card and is in the middle of the pack before entering the All-Star break.
Phelps said he was asked to return way before the Governors’ Cup start with Louie Alas in his first season with the Fuel Masters this year, but is glad to also come in and help the team in the Commissioner’s Cup.
“I felt good. They told me last year that when I got hurt that they want me back. I figured that I’ll be back for the third conference. But they wanted me to come early because it’s a new system and James got hurt. They have me come in and play. It feels good to be here. It’s like family,” said Phelps.
Phelps also came in shape and lost a few pounds thanks to a change in diet.
“I lost like 14 pounds. I have a new diet. I feel pretty good,” said the Long Beach State product.
Phelps said he is not concerned of playing against taller imports. He had previously played for the Fuel Masters last year in the Commissioner’s Cup but just for one game.
“I don’t care about none of that. In college, I played center so I’m used to it. I just came back from Mexico and I played center. Thing is a lot of them can’t guard me on the wing so it’s a mismatch. On the offensive end for me. I’m not scared of whoever, height, or anything,” said Phelps.
Phelps said he is starting to learn the intricacies of Alas’ system, and he will get accustomed even more as the Commissioner’s Cup roll along.
“I like the way coach run plays. A lot of pick and rolls. If I get a roll, I can be double teamed, kick out to the open man. I like the system and the players,” Phelps said.