ANTIPOLO – Simon Enciso believes it was simply TNT Katropa’s hot shooting – and not Phoenix’s lack of defense – that led to the Fuel Masters' 124-117 loss to the Texters in their PBA Governors’ Cup outing on Friday.
The Texters knocked down 19 three-pointers, eight from Mike Madanly, that matched a league-season-high, a shooting spree that was most evident in the third period where the Texters outscored the Fuel Masters, 36-16, to break the game wide open.
“It was tough,” Enciso said. “They hit every shot in the third quarter. We’re hoping they would miss some shots toward the end, but they just kept knocking down shots and it was hard to defend them.”
“Sometimes, you can’t do anything but try your best to defend and if they’re knocking down shots, then there’s not much you can do,” the rookie playmaker was quick to add after they allowed the Texters’ to shoot 54 percent from the field overall.
Enciso tried to match the Texters’ hot shooting as he hit five triples of his own.
While Eugene Phelps exploded for a game-high 49 points, it was Enciso who led the Fuel Masters’ late comeback that just fell short as he scattered all but two of his 17 points in the payoff period to cut a 26-point deficit to just seven points.
“It’s a little bit too late,” Enciso said. “So what we can do now is to forget about this game and look forward to the next game.”