2016-2017 Commissioners' Cup


Team Leaders

PPG: E. Phelps (53.00)
RPG: E. Phelps (21.00)
APG: R. Jazul (5.14)
SPG: J. McKay (1.83)
BPG: E. Phelps (5.00)


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Jameel McKay's 40-20 game fuels Phoenix past handicapped Alaska

April 22, 2017

 RJ Jazul, traded from Phoenix to Alaska this season, scored the insurance baskets to preserve the Fuel Masters' victory on Friday. Courtesy of the PBA Media BureauJameel McKay feasted on Alaska by tallying 42 points and 22 rebounds to lead Phoenix to a 94-86 win in the PBA Commissioner's Cup at Araneta Coliseum on Friday.

McKay, who scored 17 of his team's 25 points in the 1st quarter, dumped 11 more in the 4th where Phoenix went up by double digits and kept Alaska at bay.

Alaska made it 90-84 with 64 seconds remaining on back-to-back 3-pointers by JV Casio and Corey Jefferson.

But RJ Jazul, traded from Phoenix to Alaska this season, scored on a floater and converted 2 free throws to preserve the victory....

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Phoenix hopes to rise soon

March 30, 2017

Phoenix head coach Ariel Vanguardia MB photos | (Rio Leonelle Deluvio)Blowout defeats have been the story of the Phoenix Fuel Masters’ campaign in the current PBA season, a constant dilemma that coach Ariel Vanguardia and company are still trying to figure out.

Phoenix had to endure more lopsided setbacks recently after losing its last two games in the Commissioner’s Cup by an average of 22 points, including Sunday’s 134-109 setback to TNT KaTropa at the Ynares Center in Antipolo City.

Before that result, Phoenix was beaten 101-82 by Star, the same team that handed the Fuel Masters three crushing defeats – including a 44-point loss in an elimination round game last December....

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Frustrated Vanguardia asks more from Phoenix guards

March 24, 2017

 Phoenix guard RJ Jazul goes for a lay-up against the Star Hotshots. Photo courtesy of the PBA Media BureauMANILA, Philippines – Phoenix head coach Ariel Vanguardia asked for a better effort from his guards after they were routed once again by the Star Hotshots, 101-82, in the 2017 PBA Commissioner's Cup.

Star has dominated Phoenix so far this season, having beaten the Fuel Masters by an average margin of 31.6 points in the All-Filipino Cup. This includes a brutal 123-79 demolition in the elimination round.

Their 19-point loss yesterday at the Araneta Coliseum already represents their best result against the Hotshots....

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Vanguardia on latest blowout to Star: ‘Their guards are much better’

March 23, 2017

Phoenix head coach Ariel Vanguardia. Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPhoenix head coach Ariel Vanguardia said poor guard play coupled with a bad shooting night from the outside made it difficult for the Fuel Masters to beat the Star Hotshots on Wednesday night.

Vanguardia admitted the Hotshots’ guards outplayed his backcourt and shooting just 8% from long range obviously didn’t help.

“Their guards are much better than my guards. I think it’s hard to win when we shoot 2-of-25 [from the three-point area],” Vanguardia told reporters after Phoenix suffered another blowout loss to Star, 101-82. “I have to challenge my guards to play much better.”...

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PBA agrees to release Gilas players 2 weeks before Seaba: report

March 23, 2017

MANILA — The Philippine Basketball Association's (PBA) board of governors has agreed to release 15 Gilas players 15 days ahead of the Southeast Asian Basketball Association (Seaba) men’s championship.

According to a report on Spin.ph, the decision was made Wednesday following a special board meeting held at the league office in Libis, Quezon City.

The Seaba tournament, slated on May 12-18 at Araneta Coliseum, serves as a qualifier to the FIBA Asia Cup....

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Team History (Last 10 Conferences)
Conference Win Loss PCT Placing
2016-2017 Commissioners' Cup 3 4 0.429
2016-2017 Philippine Cup 6 7 0.462 7th
2015-2016 Governors' Cup 6 7 0.462 8th
2015-2016 Commissioners' Cup 3 8 0.273 11th