PHOENIX Pulse overcame a 14-point deficit after scoring 45 points in the third quarter on its way to a 111-103 win over Barangay Ginebra on Friday in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum.
Matthew Wright and Richard Howell fueled a huge comeback in the third period as the Fuel Masters won their second straight game to go 4-4, tying Barangay Ginebra and idle Alaska for fifth place in the standings.
It was a sorry defeat for the Gin Kings, who only gave up 44 points following a 12-point lead at the half. Ginebra was still leading, 64-50, in the third quarter but trailed, 81-89, entering the fourth.
Phoenix Pulse also won with head coach Louie Alas getting ejected in the fourth quarter for two successive technical fouls.
Phoenix Pulse assistant coach Topex Robinson took over following Alas’ ejection.
“I have to give credit to my coaching staff. I know na kaya ko sila kasama diyan at kaya hindi assistant coach ang title, associate coach si coach Topex at ‘yung staff namin, credit to them plus ‘yung leaders namin,” said Alas.
Wright had 32 points, while Howell had 31 points with the two combining for 27 in the third period. Howell actually had a double-double after grabbing 21 rebounds in the contest.
Wright hit two straight points to take a 76-75 lead, before Howell scored to take a three-point lead and the Fuel Masters never looked back from there.
Jason Perkins had 18 points including a putback that brought the lead to six, 108-102, with 32.2 seconds left in the ballgame.
Justin Brownlee had 31 points, 15 rebounds, and seven assists for the Kings, but was a one-man army for his team as he scored all but one of Ginebra’s 22 points in the fourth.
Phoenix Pulse 111 – Wright 32, Howell 31, Perkins 18, Chua 12, Jazul 6, Mallari 4, Intal 3, Wilson 3, Kramer 2, Napoles 0, Dennison 0, Marcelo 0.
Barangay Ginebra 103 – Brownlee 31, Tenorio 20, J. Aguilar 17, Pringle 12, Thompson 9, Slaughter 6, Mariano 3, Devance 3, Caguioa 2.
Quarters: 20-28; 44-56; 89-81; 111-103.