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....
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....
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....
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.”...
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....
|Team History (Last 10 Conferences)|
|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|