PHOENIX is on a winning run after a slow start, holding a share of second spot, thanks to solid performances by JC Intal.
The 33-year-old Intal averaged 23.5 points, 5.5 rebounds and 2.0 assists victories over titleholder San Miguel and struggling Mahindra to earn the Player of the Week citation from the PBA Press Corps.
The Fuel Masters scored a shock 92-85 win over the Beermen in Antipolo last week before downing the winless Floodbuster, 114-104.
Phoenix is tied TNT, San Miguel, Blackwater and Rain or Shine for second behind Globalport (2-0).
Intal was picked for the citation, presented by Accel, over Ginebra big man Japeth Aguilar, GlobalPort's backcourt duo of Terrence Romeo and Stanley Pringle, Meralco's Chris Newsome, TNT's Jayson Castro and Moala Tautuaa as well as
"I'm happy that JC has fully recovered from his bone spur injury on his foot that sidelined him for almost the whole third conference," Phoenix coach Ariel Vanguardia said.
"We didn't really have much time yet together kaya this preseason was getting to know pa din on how he will fit in the system," shared Vanguardia, now in his second conference as coach of the Fuel Masters.
"He is one of the hardest working players I've coached and even though he is considered our franchise player, he is willing to learn and very coachable," he added.
Phoenix will be shooting for its third straight win on Friday when it faces the Star Hotshots, winless in two games.