THE Phoenix Super LPG Fuel Masters won in their Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) “bubble” debut, beating the Meralco Bolts, 116-98, on Monday at the Angeles University Foundation Gym in Pampanga.
Banking on its steady play on both ends of the court throughout the match, the Fuel Masters went on to outlast the Bolts and be among the first winners in the PBA’s long-awaited return from a seven-month lull because of the coronavirus pandemic.
The start of the contest was marked by runs and counter-runs.
Sophomore Bong Quinto led the early charge of the Bolts, who sprinted to a 16-9 lead in the first six minutes of the opening quarter.
The Fuel Masters, on the lead of Matthew Wright, then went on an 8-0 run in the next two minutes to overtake Meralco, 17-16.
Phoenix sustained control the rest of the period, holding a 25-21 advantage in