Phoenix extends streak, Meralco mulls import switch
The Fuel Masters move into a share of fourth spot.
The Bolts, meanwhile, absorbed their fourth defeat in five games for 12th spot in the 13-team tournament, ahead only of winless Terrafirma.
Meralco coach Norman Black expressed concern over Johnny O’Bryant’s performance, who after averaging 29.8 points came up with only seven against the Fuel Masters.
“Obviously, you don’t want your import scoring seven points. Give you almost no chance of winning. Doesn’t help that we were missing key players,” Black said. "I have to sit down with Johnny and make him understand that he has to raise his level of performance because he is an import and a lot more is expected from an import."
NLEX gains third spot
The Road Warriors gain third spot.
EARL Clark came up with 45 points as NLEX ended a two-game skid with a 110-101 victory over TNT on Wednesday.
Kevin Alas added 24 points as the Road Warriors scored their first win under coach Frankie Lim, who took over from Adonis Tierra, who led the team to a 2-0 start.
NLEX moved into third place at 3-2 behind Magnolia at 5-0 and Bay Area at 5-1.
The Road Warriors also ended the Tropang Giga’s win streak at two.
Cam Oliver had 26 points and 22 rebounds while Roger Pogoy scored 19 for TNT, which slipped to 2-2.
National University keeps a share of the lead.
JOHN Lloyd Clemente and Steve Enriquez scored 16 each as National University defeated La Salle, 80-76, on Wednesday in the UAAP men’s basketball tournament.
The Bulldogs improved to 5-1, which was matched by University of the Philippines after an 84-77 victory over University of the East.
Carl Tamayo, Terrence Fortea and Gerry Abadiano scored 13 each for the Maroons.
Far Eastern University scored its first win of the season, 75-60, over University of Sto. Tomas.
Bryan Sajonia scored 23 for the Tamaraws, who remained in the cellar but pulled the Tigers down with them at 1-5.
Kai Ballungay scored 21 as Ateneo eased past Adamson, 76-55. The Blue Eagles improved to 4-2 for third spot as the Falcons absorbed their fourth loss in six games for sixth spot.