JC Intal insists Phoenix still 'overachieved' despite missing playoffs in maiden conference
"I know we can compete," says Phoenix standout JC Intal. Jaime Campos

JC Intal believes Phoenix still overachieved despite getting eliminated from playoff contention in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup, its first conference since the Davao-based oil company became the league’s newest franchise.

The Fuel Masters lost to San Miguel Beer, 121-109, in their last game of the elimination round where they finished with a 3-8 win-loss record.

“For me, yung standing namin, it didn’t describe yung team namin kasi we had a pretty good conference,” Intal insisted.

After all, the Fuel Masters lost to perennial contender Rain or Shine by just five points, to pacesetting Meralco by just three points, and to Ginebra by one point.

“For me, we overachieved,” Intal said. “For sure, we’ll run the same system next conference. we just have to toughen up talaga. I know we can compete.”

The Fuel Masters still had a chance to make the playoffs when they were sporting a 3-5 slate, before they lost their last three games of the conference.

“Ayaw namin matanggal agad,” said Intal, who had 14 points, six rebounds, and two assists against SMB. “Early vacation really sucks.”

“We just have to be more solid in the second half of games, kasi lalamang kami parati sa first half tapos bibitawan na lang namin,” he added. “We just have to toughen up next conference and yung composure nandun dapat.”

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