You think blowing a 14-point lead in the 4th quarter is a horrible thing? Talk about blowing a 26-point lead in the final quarter of a game.
That’s something the GlobalPort Batang Pier can surely relate to.
Against the Phoenix Fuel Masters, the Batang Pier blew a 26-point lead en route to a 101-99 loss.
Fresh off a frustrating loss against the Blackwater Elite, the Batang Pier were looking to bounce back, and initially, it looked like they were about to do just that.
By the end of the third quarter, the Batang Pier found themselves up by 23 points, on the verge of grabbing a much needed win for their hopes at a top 2 seed in the playoffs. On the other hand, the Fuel Masters looked flat, seemingly on the verge of dropping a much needed game for their hopes of making it to the playoffs.
Then all of a sudden, Coach Ariel Vanguardia and his wards woke up and played as if they consumed fuel from Phoenix Petroleum.
The Fuel Masters limited a Batang Pier team that was built to score to just 15 points in the 4th quarter. After hitting practically all of their shots during the first three quarters, the Batang Pier ran out of gas and bricked shot after shot. Not only was Phoenix able to limit GlobalPort, but they were also able to produce a whopping 40 points during the final quarter, erasing the 26 point lead that they faced at the 11 minute mark of the final canto.
The Fuel Masters had a balanced effort from all of their players, led by Mark Borboran who scored 23 points and the game winning putback for the Fuel Masters. Helping him were Matthew Wright who had 19 points, 9 rebounds ans 4 assists and Simon Enciso who scored 14 points off the bench.
The win puts the Fuel Masters in prime position to secure a playoff spot. In a field that has multiple teams contending for a spot in the playoffs, every win counts for the Fuel Masters.
On the other hand, the Batang Pier are put in a difficult situation joining Phoenix in the logjam in the middle. Not only does GlobalPort’s playoff hopes get more difficult, but so does Terrence Romeo’s case to win MVP.