EUGENE Phelps’ triple-double was a feat never been seen in 20 years as Phoenix came up with a big win to stay in contention for a quarterfinal seat in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup.
Phelps had 37 points, 23 rebounds, and 10 assists on Wednesday as the Fuel Masters trounced GlobalPort, 135-108, to improve their mark to 4-6.
It was the first 30-20-10 triple-double since Andre Perry of Sta. Lucia did it in the 1998 Governors’ Cup, according to PBA statistics chief Fidel Mangonon.
“Was it? I didn’t know,” said Phelps when told about the rare feat. “I worked hard and it feels good.”
It appeared Phelps would fall short of getting that triple-double when he was called to the bench late in the fourth. But Phelps knew he was one assist shy of the feat, so he asked Phoenix coach Louie Alas to bring him back in the game.
RJ Jazul nailed a triple off a pass from Phelps with less than two minutes to play, completing the rare feat.
“I had nine assists and coach took me out. I asked him to give me one more assist. Thank God, he believed in me and RJ hit that shot. I have to get on him wherever he goes. Thank God RJ made the shot and we got the win,” said Phelps.
Phelps also got drew some inspiration as his girlfriend Bernice is in the country to show support.
“Shoutout to my girlfriend. Everytime she comes, I get a triple-double. I got to blame her I guess,” said Phelps in gest.
Phelps, however, couldn’t care less about getting the triple-double more so since the Fuel Masters were in a must-win situation against the Batang Pier.
“It feels good. The great thing is that we got the win and that’s all that matters to me. (But) the triple-double is good,” said Phelps.
Phelps also credited his teammates for stepping up in the game especially with Phoenix coming off a trade that sent Jeff Chan to Ginebra for a first-round pick in 2019.
Among those who stepped up were Jason Perkins, who had 13 points and six rebounds, and Jazul, who added 11 points and eight assists.
“A lot of players showed up today. You can see that we stuck together and picked up Jeff and got the win. Hopefully, we could just do it on our next game too,” said Phelps.